Neil Forkey - Canadians and the Natural Environment to the Twenty-First Century (A)

I am always reading at least two books at once - one audiobook, one print/ e-book. Inevitably, my threads cross over and the audiobook thread leads to print and vice versa. This is the first book of my “A” thread, which started the year off as the print/ e-book thread.

Since 2016 is the first year that I’m not in school in over a decade, I am really looking forward to having time to explore more books in my field, and not be so locked into required reading for classes. I started off with Forkey because I’d used one chapter of this book in a research project last year and couldn’t wait to dig into the rest of it.

Canadians and the Natural Environment to the Twenty-First Century is a great introduction to the relationship between this place called Canada, the people who live and have lived in it, and the influence of the environment on culture, laws, policy, and art. There are lengthy sections describing visual and literary arts and the influence of environment. It provides a good overview of historical concepts of “environmentalism” and “conservation” and “nature”. 

It’s non-fiction, but not crushingly academic, and a pretty fast read. Pretty much “required reading” for anyone interested in the environment and Canadian culture.

What's Next?

As I finished the Forkey book, my audiobooks were shifting into nonfiction, so my next read will be something“Canadian-ish”, but fiction.