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Nature’s Relationships : Predator and Prey

Nature’s Relationships : Predator and Prey

Our great predators, the wolf, the cougar, the bear, and others teach us about the vital importance of interdependence in Nature. They are top predators because the power of their connecting presence is an evolutionary driver of the diversity of life. Chains of life flourish with the force of predation. The killing of predators by mankind results in broken energy connections that make a big difference in how Nature operates. The...

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What does climate change, the COVID-19 epidemic, and the stewardship of Nature have in common??

What does climate change, the COVID-19 epidemic, and the stewardship of Nature have in common??

What does climate change, the COVID-19 epidemic, and the stewardship of Nature have in common?? How arethese three phrases, and the ideas that they represent, related? As a scientist who regularly explores how Nature operates within a world  where human activity is a dominant influence, I witness both productive and destructive activities by humans. To explore these activities, one must first define the three phenomena that are listed in...

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Empowering Stewards of Nature — Lessons From The Web Of Life

Empowering Stewards of Nature — Lessons From The Web Of Life

Empowering Stewards of Nature  Lessons From the Web of Life (Free PDF Study Guides) This book advocates a human worldview that includes a deep consciousness for an interdependent and connected Nature. With this worldview, we are empowering humans to partner with Nature rather than unsuccessfully trying to manipulate and control Nature. Without interdependence and connectivity in Nature, all life on Earth, including we humans, would cease...

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Political Will And Environmental Thinking

Political Will And Environmental Thinking

As a working conservation biologist and an environmental educator, I have gained enough experience to be passionately euphoric as my young students acquire a genuine consciousness for interdependence in Nature. I have also experienced the stubborn ignorance of some adult humans as they exercise their belief that they are somehow entitled to special privileges that are destructive to Nature. Usually, this group of maligning adults attempt...

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Our Youth Must Live Nature’s Story

Our Youth Must Live Nature’s Story

“When our central organizing priority becomes the well-being of all life, then what happens through us is the recovery of our world.” -Joanna Macy – Active Hope I fear for the future of my class of high school students who are finishing their final year before going to college. We adults are leaving these fine young people a real ecological mess. Many of you who are reading this essay know the grim reality, created by...

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Humans and Nature: Three Perceptions of Reality

Humans and Nature: Three Perceptions of Reality

“People normally cut reality into compartments, and so are unable to see the interdependence of all phenomena.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh In my work as a conservation biologist, I often experience an arrogance by many adult humans as they refuse to embrace Nature as their home. These people seem to reject the idea that : “We humans need Nature, but Nature doesn’t need we humans” I often find myself searching for the root causes...

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