A compelling portrait of the Age of Discovery and its relevance to us today. Morpurgo argues taht even after four centuries, the modern world has not come to terms with the first shock of planetary awareness. He asks how our abusive relationship with the natural world began, and asks what insights we might learn from the great Elizabethan navigators to help us grasp the current environmental crisis.
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Horatio Morpurgo's essays on the environment and on European affairs have appeared in many publications including Arete, PM Review, London Magazine, Quarterly Review, Resurgence and the Ecologist. He was involved in the campaign to set up the first Marine Protected Area in English waters in Lyme Bay.