The Ground Beneath Us by Paul Bogard. Published by Little, Brown

Is there anywhere left on earth where human beings have not stepped foot? Bogard sets out to find the answer, only to discover that a large portion of our world has been paved over. Not only is this bad for the environment, it has built a divide between us and our natural environment. We have no real idea where our food or water comes from, nor do we seem to care. We blithely continue on, assuming that we will always have what we need, ignoring the increasing evidence of the damage we bring on out planet. Bogard examines how that disconnect with the natural world has affected us and what we can do to save our world before it’s too late. Beautifully written, this is a narrative for all who love the natural world, and even more importantly, for those who don’t.

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