This is a unique book about Canada’s environments from the 1600’s until today.
From the 1600’s to the 1900’s, natural resources inspired economic activity which brought many local environmental changes. The most expensive was the transmission of deadly diseases among the aboriginal populations. It was also sad to learn about the thinning animal population and expansive forest clearances. there were also the impulses to conserve and preserve.
During the 1800’s and 1900’s, resources became crucial to the daily lives of Canadians at all levels. These resources were playing an ever-increasing role in the environmental discourse and social policy. There was a trend towards regulation and management of nature. This distanced people from the natural world. There was also an emphasis on he preservation of nature.
From the 1950’s to 2000’s, environmentalism was born. There was political action for the protection of the environment as a place of residence and solace. For all the protection of the environment during the past fifty years, why is it that world environmental problems such as water shortages, food crises, deforestation, and perhaps the most dangerous global warming are still with us? The answer is complex, and I will let the reader join in the discussion on this point.
The interplay between humans and nature has been integral to being Canadian. This books shows the many sides of this issues and other issues as well.
It is a GREAT book that should be read by all Canadians especially individuals who are interested in history.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth