Published by the Foundation for Deep Ecology.
Distributed by Chelsea Green, November 2007.
Edited by George Wuerthner with essays by Rick Bass, Philip Cafaro, Dominick DellaSala, David Havlick, James Howard Kunstler, Richard Mahler, Thomas Michael Power, Paul Sutter, Howie Wolke, and many others.
The growing popularity of motorized recreational vehicles such as jet skis, dirt bikes, four-wheel quads, snowmobiles, dune buggies, swamp buggies, and rock crawlers, along with old standbys like four-wheel-drive pickups and jeeps, collectively termed thrillcraft, has become a major threat to the American landscape. Once no more than an annoyance, these machines and their expanding power allow motorized recreationists in ever-increasing numbers to penetrate and wreak havoc on the last wild places on the continent.
Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation explores the ecological, economic, political, and cultural effects of this mounting crisis. Broad-ranging essays by scientists, economists, activists, social critics, and others outline the many ways thrillcraft attack and degrade our collective natural heritage. More than one hundred graphic photographs document how this motorized assault is destroying ecosystems from the Florida Everglades to the Alaskan tundra.
This book is more than an exposé of the damage done to our pubic lands. It also examines the cultural roots that have fostered such a cavalier attitude toward the environment. Many Americans, from the time they are children, are taught to treat our public lands as outdoor gymnasiums, where they increasingly search for challenges using machines, rather than their own muscles and minds. Unfortunately, these thrills are often acquired at the expense of the land and the silence and beauty of nature enjoyed by others.
Thrillcraft makes no bones about the need to take back our wildlands, our culture, and our peace and quiet from this growing nuisance. Charting a vision for the future, the book tells the stories of successful campaigns where motorized recreation has been reduced or eliminated from public lands. In the end, the choice is ours: either we rein in this motorized menace or we lose the natural landscapes that make America special.
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