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Hay, PR 2007 , 'Defending the wild lands', in Endangered: Tasmania's wild places , Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria, xiii-xxii.

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This is the island at the end of the Earth. Beyond the blue cut of its horizons the world is winding down, buckling under the weight we press upon it. Irresponsible governments supply much of that weight. We consumers, obsessively guzzling, gorging and discarding, are responsible for much of the rest. The doctrines that sanction these pathologies -doctrines that chart wellbeing through the quantity rather than the quality of economic growth -are articles of faith to the most powerful men (they are usually men) and institutions on the planet. What does it mean to stand upon the island at the end of the Earth and gaze out at the mad heedlessness of this, the last of the exuberant times?

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Authors/Creators:Hay, PR
Publisher: Penguin Group (Australia)
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