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Rachel Carson and Climate Change

Rachel Carson and Climate Change

  Rachel Carson’s Legacy Applies To Climate Change Issues Earth Day 2019 has just passed by as I write this essay. I came across a fine Earth Day essay on Rachel Carson at one of my favorite blog sites called “BrainPickings” . In writing about Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” on Earth Day, blogmaster Maria Popova stated: “Carson’s aim with Silent Spring was threefold — to transmute hard facts...

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Ecoliteracy : The Poverty of Human Insight

Ecoliteracy : The Poverty of Human Insight

Human population growth is not sustainable on a planet with finite resources. Scientist Joe Hutto, in his book “The Light In High Places”, offers his perspective: “It is not the greed of multinational corporations with their vicious bulldozers, chain saws, and oil rigs that consume resources, but rather individuals like you and me creating these insatiable demands. The real problem is our many nonnegotiable needs for...

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Ecoliteracy : Interdependence Is Life

Ecoliteracy : Interdependence Is Life

Interdependence is a defining feature of all life If I were asked to select one word that describes life on Earth, I would definitely choose the word “interdependence”. Everything in Nature is interconnected. Nothing lives in isolation!! There is no such thing as living separately. Everything, including we humans, depends on everything else in Nature. But, more than mere interconnectedness, interdependence refers to the...

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Nature’s Relationships: We Are Imperiled From Within

Nature’s Relationships: We Are Imperiled From Within

“It makes far better sense to reshape ourselves to fit a finite planet than to attempt to reshape the planet to fit our infinite wants. — David W. Orr.”   A conflict rages between two groups of conservation scientists.  That conflict centers on how we humans must conserve our Earth. As far as I know, no one within these two groups disagrees that humanity is facing a terrible crisis that could affect our very...

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George Monbiot : Environmental Thought Leader

George Monbiot : Environmental Thought Leader

I am a big fan of eco-journalist George Monbiot .  Many of his essays, (as well as “The Patterning Instinct” by Jeremy Lent ) have influenced and sharpened my world view of Nature and helped me develop the theme of this web site that everything  in Nature, including humans, is interconnected and interdependent. I recently read Monbiot’s book called  ” Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life George Monbiot...

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We Humans Need An Ecological Civilization

We Humans Need An Ecological Civilization

Human beings must respect Nature, follow its ways and protect it   I came across the term “ecological civilization” when I read an article by Jeremy Lent about the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, proposing the idea of an ecological civilization before his congress. He said: “we, as human beings, must respect nature, follow its ways and protect it”.    Jeremy Lent defines an ecological civilization as: “a...

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