Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse (Paperback)Dave Goulson (author)
The bestselling author of A Sting in the Tale puts forward a passionate argument for insect conservation in the face of potential devastating losses, as well as outlining an achievable plan to save many species.
Shortlisted for The James Cropper Wainwright Prize for Writing on Global Conservation 2022
Insects are essential for life as we know it. As they become more scarce, our world will slowly grind to a halt; we simply cannot function without them. Drawing on the latest ground-breaking research and a lifetime's study, Dave Goulson reveals the shocking decline of insect populations that has taken place in recent decades, with potentially catastrophic consequences. He passionately argues that we must all learn to love, respect and care for our six-legged friends.
Eye-opening, inspiring and riveting, Silent Earth is part love letter to the insect world, part elegy, part rousing manifesto for a greener planet. It is a call to arms for profound change at every level - in government policy, agriculture, industry and in our own homes and gardens. Although time is running out, it is not yet too late for insect populations to recover. We may feel helpless in the face of many of the environmental issues that loom on our horizon, but Goulson shows us how we can all take simple steps to encourage insects and counter their destruction.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 20 mm
'Compelling, penetrating, devastating - Silent Earth is a wake-up call for the world. Dave Goulson matches science with eloquence and passion to spotlight the cataclysmic loss of insect life on our planet. Rachel Carson would be proud.' - Isabella Tree
'Our collective lack of understanding and shortsightedness has brought us to the brink of ecogical disaster. We have disregarded the warnings for too long and simply cannot afford to ignore Dave Goulson's tremendously timely book.' - George McGavin
'His magnum opus. Silent Earth is both a heartfelt letter of love to the insect world that has captivated him from childhood, and a rousing call to arms to counter the recent catastrophic decline in insects before it is too late... Magnificent.' - Caroline Sanderson
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“A stunning piece of work”
Dave Goulson is a wonderful writer about nature, and in this book he weaves his own research and reading in with fascinating insights on insect life to get across the message of the damage we are doing to the insect... More
“Shout it from the rooftops”
Hugely important and yes, still(!) not too late to read. Goulson is deadly serious about his subject, yet his wit frequently shines through.
I've read all of his books and if everyone managed but one, I'm... More
“A crucial tale of insect decline told magnificently”
The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this before hardback publication around a year ago, and I have finally (!) got around to reading it, after it was longlisted for the Wainwright Prize for writing on Conservation.... More
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