Birdsong After the Storm

There is a storm brewing. Humans may survive the turmoil and onslaught of climate change and political upheaval, but the world they leave will be brittle and harsh.

In choosing between the market, people, and wildlife, we are casting a future where a tiger’s footprints will not be seen in snowdrifts, and the deep, pungent smell of elephant musth won’t carry on the wind.

Drawing on decades of experience as a wildlife activist, international negotiator, and academic, Dr Margi Prideaux describes how we can amplify voices from Africa, Asia and Latin America. She presents a poignant essay—we need not march into a tragic future where wildness disappears. Tapping local community wisdom, we can design promising potential. We can choose to hear birdsong after the storm.

Praise for 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 essay will reshape the thinking of activists, environmentalists, NGOs and policy makers.’—Micah White, author of 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, Editor of Transformation, USA

About the Author

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

She has three books. Birdsong After the Storm, Global Environmental Governance, Civil Society and Wildlife, and has co-authored All Things Breathe Alike: A Wildlife Anthology. Along the way, her shorter musings have been published online at openDemocracy, Global Policy, Live Encounters, AlterNet, Wildlife Articles and Ecologist.

Read more about Margi and her work


This book is a Whirlwind title–short books with bracing impact

Full title   Birdsong After the Storm: Averting the Tragedy of Global Wildlife Loss
Author  Margi Prideaux
AU$ 22.95 (pbk),  29.95 (hbk), 9.95 (ebk)

Release date September 1, 2018
Territory English language market
Hardback, paperback and eBook
Size  203 x 128 mm
Pages  120pp
ISBN  978-1-925856-09-5 (ebk), 978-1-925856-08-8 (pbk), 978-1-925856-10-1 (hbk)

Chapter Outline

Preface: Reflecting on a Storm
Chapter 1: A Storm is Coming
Chapter 2: Dark Clouds on the Horizon
– Wisdom from Nokoué
– Blinded by Our Own Spin
Chapter 3: Lightning Cracks and Thunder Rumbles
– Governments Behaving Badly, Corporations Behaving Worse
– The Davos Multistakeholder Governance Agenda
– Other Options
Chapter 4: Rain Pours
– An Example in the Spiti
– Illuminating a Path Through the Storm
Chapter 5: Radical Dreams
– Community-Centred Wildlife Governance
– The leap of faith
Chapter 6: Ensuring Birdsong After the Storm
– ‘We the Peoples’
– The Choice is Now