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Carl Sagan Discusses Man’s Arrogance About Nature

Carl Sagan Discusses Man’s Arrogance About Nature

Mankind cannot live without Nature but Nature can live without mankind. Mankind has compelled his nature upon Nature. Charles Darwin has famously said that “Man in his arrogance thinks himself a great work, worthy of the interposition of a deity. More humble, and I believe truer, to consider him created from animals.” A quote  from Gozilla that holds a lot of truth is “The arrogance of man is in thinking that Nature is in our control...

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We Humans Must Include Nature In Our Sense of Self

We Humans Must Include Nature In Our Sense of Self

Those of you who are regular readers of my essays might have sensed a series of themes that regularly underlie my writing:   Everything in Nature is interconnected and interdependent. Nature is our home. We humans need Nature to live, but Nature does not need we humans. Humans are consuming Nature’s resources and polluting the atmosphere at unsustainable rates that might result in  the end of the human race by 2100. We senior...

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Two Famous Sages Speak About Interdependence In Nature

Two Famous Sages Speak About Interdependence In Nature

  Interdependence is a defining feature of all life on our Earth.   I have written about the vital importance of interdependence to all living things on our planet. But, long before I wrote about interdependence, the subject was discussed in the essays of two famous people — Charles Darwin and the Buddhist  sage Thich Nhat Hanh. The purpose of this essay is to offer the writings of these two sages about the interdependence...

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An Informed Story About Nature Guides Human Life

An Informed Story About Nature Guides Human Life

“The power of story is that it bypasses rhetoric and pierces the heart ”                                                               — Terry Tempest Williams Our Stories Define Who We Are And How We Conduct Our Lives The major problem that we humans face in this age is not climate change, over-consumption, or population growth. Our problem is that we are guided by an inaccurate underlying story about Nature —...

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Human “Entitlement” Is An Ecological Threat

Human “Entitlement” Is An Ecological Threat

For the last 35 years, I have lived the life of a college professor and high school teacher in the beautiful city of Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico located some 250 miles due south of Tucson, Arizona along the eastern shore of the Sea of Cortez. One of my greatest pleasures and privileges is being an environmental educator working with students who are in their last year of high school as they get ready for new life adventures as university...

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Gratitude Is A Powerful Conservation Strategy

Gratitude Is A Powerful Conservation Strategy

As an environmental educator, I feel deeply privileged to be participating in the lives of my students. My passion is strong. I tend to be like a protective parent with my young people as I experience anger over those who continue to damage our Earth’s environment and the future of my “kids”. Many of my students do not understand my anger simply because they have not experienced the negative impact of those who are...

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