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Conservation Theater: The fallacy of killing animals to promote life.

Conservation Theater: The fallacy of killing animals to promote life.

Many of us who wait in airport security lines have serious doubts about the effectiveness, the benefit, and the actual protection offered by the invasive procedures that we are required to endure. Our doubts become amplified when we read that dangerous and illegal items are regularly smuggled past the inspectors during government sanctioned tests. We have come to call this whole process “security theater” . It is all just a big...

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Stewart Udall’s vision of building a legacy of environmental consciousness.

Stewart Udall’s vision of building a legacy of environmental consciousness.

Recently, I spent some time visiting Canyonlands National Park in Utah.  I was particularly moved by the magnificent vista that surrounded and included the convergence of the Colorado River and the Green River. “Awesome” is an understatement. Later, I was deeply inspired by the story on a plaque that described the vision of the newly appointed Secretary of the Interior,  Stewart Udall’s vision for this new park.  On a...

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Thinking In Systems – Debunking Wizards and Prophets

Thinking In Systems – Debunking Wizards and Prophets

I have acquired a strong interest in following the ideas and the activities of those scientific, educational, and political groups that claim to have solutions to the problems associated with mankind’s huge negative impact on the environmental welfare of our Earth. I have this intense interest because:   I truly care for a happy and sustainable future for human generations that include my own family and the students who I serve. I am...

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Polluting Nature With Our Noise

Polluting Nature With Our Noise

When most people think about conservation in Nature, they think of ways to conserve and protect physical ecosystems like forests and the animal life that lives in these ecosystems. However, there are other systems in Nature that are not visible but are vitally important. One such system is sounds in Nature. It is a system that needs preservation just like all other ecosystems.   Natural soundscapes are the voices of entire ecological...

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What Is Our Excuse ???

What Is Our Excuse ???

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Conservation Ethics – Guiding A Reluctant Human Race

Conservation Ethics – Guiding A Reluctant Human Race

Each society creates its own moral ecology. A moral ecology is a set of norms, assumptions, beliefs and habits of behavior and an institutionalized set of moral demands that emerge organically. Our moral ecology encourages us to be a certain sort of person. Over the past several decades we have built a moral ecology around the Big Me, around the belief in a golden figure inside. This has led to a rise in narcissism and self-aggrandizement....

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