Birdsong After the Storm: Giving Power to Communities to Speak for Wildlife in International Environmental Governance

Genre: Non Fiction

For Fans Of

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate, Naomi Klein | How the World Works, Noam Chomsky | Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist, Paul Kingsnorth | The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert | Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth about the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, James Hansen

Book Summary

As we face the storm of climate change and political upheaval, we are designing a desolate future where the world is monetized and wildness is gone. In this essay, Margi Prideaux draws on her decades of experience as a wildlife activist, international negotiator and academic to explain what has brought society to the point where we are choosing between the market, people and wildlife. The tragic future doesn’t need to happen —we can choose to hear birdsong after the storm.


Clearsighted, passionate and inspiring, Margi Prideaux has written a vital reimagining of the destiny of environmental activism. Birdsong After the Storm is a clarion call for civil society to step forward and demand greater power. This important and wise book will reshape the thinking of activists, environmentalists, NGOs and policy makers.
--Micah White, The End of Protest.

Margi Prideaux has done more than anyone to raise awareness of the need for grassroots voices to be heard in debates over nature, climate change and the environment. She deserves to be widely read.
--Michael Edwards, Transformation.

Margi Prideaux's career of civil society activism gives her profound insights into why so many well-meaning international conservation efforts are failing so many communities and so many species. Her spirited and brave call for truly collaborative governance with local communities deserves a full airing in the boardrooms of the big NGOs.
--Professor Peter Dauvergne, University of British Columbia.

In this learned and passionate book, environmentalist Margi Prideaux has an indispensable message: a vast ecological storm is coming, and global governance is failing meet it. At once a window onto civil society and a critique of elite diplomacy, this book's powerful call for a new earth-centred democracy cannot be ignored.
--Professor Anthony Burke, University of New South Wales.

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About the Author

I write about wildlife and the politics of wildlife protection.

I have written about wildlife, international politics and law almost every day for the past 27 years. As a negotiator and independent academic, with a PhD in wildlife policy & law, my words have been tuned to inform policy audiences in more than 20 different international conservation processes.

I have three books. Birdsong After the Storm: Giving Power to Communities to Speak for Wildlife in International Environmental Governance, Global Environmental Governance, Civil Society and Wildlife: Birdsong After the Storm, and All Things Breathe Alike: A Wildlife Anthology, that I have written with Donna Mulvenna and Jessica Groenendijk. Along the way, my shorter musings have been published online at openDemocracy, Global Policy, Live Encounters, AlterNet, Wildlife Articles and Ecologist.

I am a member of the Australian Society of Authors and also a Fellow with the International League of Conservation Writers.

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