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A Reunion : Bringing Humans Back To Nature

A Reunion : Bringing Humans Back To Nature

  We older folks are leaving an ecological mess for our younger generations.  While thoroughly enjoying my senior years, I have experienced a profound internal struggle as I try to understand why we older folks are leaving an ecological mess for our younger generations. As a scientist and conservationist, I see this process of “Nature denial” taking place. I see the everyday activities of ordinary people impairing...

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A Compassionate Consciousness

A Compassionate Consciousness

The word “consciousness” is not just a philosophical, spiritual, “hippie”, or “tree hugger” idea. Consciousness means being aware of something. “Connections”, “interconnectivity”, “interrelationships”, “links”, and interdependence are all words that describe Nature and life. The idea of everything being connected in Nature is essential because life is...

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My Video Essays

My Video Essays

Here is a list of video essays that I have created over the years. An Antarctic Adventure.  In 2004, as part of a two-week excursion in the Southern Atlantic Ocean, we explored parts of the Antarctic Peninsula.    Of particular interest to me, was breaking through ice fields to allow another ship to pass. Also, the incredible wildlife, visits to research stations, and the awesome experience of crossing the stormy Drake Passage as we headed...

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A Systems Thinking Reference List

A Systems Thinking Reference List

Peter Senge: “Systems Thinking for a Better World” – Aalto Systems Forum 2014 Systems Thinking with Dr David Orr, Oberlin College David Orr – 2011 Systems Symposium David Orr – Seminar at Schumaker College David Orr – Ecoliteracy and Ecological Education Creating An Interdependence Map Systems Thinking in Biology Education How To Practice Systems Thinking In The Classroom Linda Booth Sweeney — ...

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The Architecture of Biodiversity

The Architecture of Biodiversity

  What Does Biodiversity Mean? Biodiversity is an interesting word so commonly used that it is beginning to sound like “motherhood” and “hot apple pie”. Said another way, many people, especially students, learn the word and are told that it is good. They are told that we must preserve biodiversity. So they agree with it. But, without further help from an environmental educator, they are not sure how or why. They are told that:...

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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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