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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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Ecoliteracy – Our Earth Is A Living System

Ecoliteracy – Our Earth Is A Living System

Everything within Nature is interconnected and interdependent   Interdependence is an important word that refers to the tendency of all creatures in Nature  to be linked and interdependent upon other creatures.  If we were to draw a diagram of this interdependence, we would see a massive network of living creatures, including ourselves, either directly or indirectly connected. This network of life is commonly called a “living...

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Ecoliteracy – A Systems View Of Life

Ecoliteracy – A Systems View Of Life

“All ethics so far evolved rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. His instincts prompt him to compete for his place in the community but his ethics prompt him to co-operate (perhaps in order that there may be a place to compete for).” –– from Aldo Leopold “A Sand County Almanac” 1949 The Systems View of Life Is A Unifying Vision In order to become ecologically literate and to...

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