By 2050, the human population will have grown from the present 6 billion people to about 9 billion people. To feed 9 billion people, every acre of agricultural land in the world will be used to produce food. Wars will break out over the control of land. The structure of human societies will be altered. Survival strategies will replace the ethics of a civilized society.
The premise of this book is that the fundamental reason why we are the most highly unsustainable race the Earth has ever known is because we do not see ourselves as creatures who are dependent upon Nature.
The most important question for this generation of humans is:
How do we prepare and protect ourselves, our families, and future generations from unsustainable human population growth and the employment of some conservation practices that are not consistent with modern scientific knowledge?:
You will be living in dangerous times unless:
- You and many other humans can influence the size of the human population,
- Change some of the current conservation practices that are employed by practitioners of conservation science.
- Through effective environmental education, significantly modify humanity’s current apathy towards Nature,
It is these three interrelated issues that this book addresses.
The book uses the growing field of systems science to more fully describe Nature and ways to care for Her. The book examines current scientific fact as the basis for creating an ecological ethic that is needed for mankind to survive in Nature. The book focuses on conservation practices that identify and preserve the pathways of energy flow in Nature. By identifying and conserving energy flow networks, mankind does not get involved in trying to predict what an unpredictable Nature will do. Instead, Nature, makes the decisions that best serve Her and Her creatures.
- Identifies and describes unsustainable human population growth on a planet with limited resources.
- Uses modern systems science to define our planet as a living interdependent system.
- Evangelizes the deep dependency of humans on Nature’s energy flow within Her ecosystems.
- Suggests ethical practices that will guide humans toward a sustainable harmony with Nature.
- Explores the use of modern systems science and environmental ethics to create effective conservation practices. These conservation practices include environmental education.
- Through the processes of environmental education, emphasizes the importance of building a legacy of human generations that contains a consciousness of interdependence as a means of creating a sustainable human population.
Who should read this book.
This book is designed to be read by anyone who is interested in and deeply cares for Nature. The ideas in this book will be useful to students and teachers of the environmental sciences, resource planners and managers within environmental organizations, government services of all countries, and anyone who loves be outdoors engaging Nature.
It is hoped that this book will provide new and useful knowledge to ecological decision makers and those who carry out the plans created by these decision makers. Equally important, whether you be a park ranger, a docent, a tour guide, or a classroom teacher, it is also hoped that this book’s consistent theme that “everything in Nature is connected” will be passed on to your legacy — the youth and adults who receive your message. A new consciousness for Nature, that of interconnectivity to facilitate energy flow, is vital to the welfare and harmony of humanity on this Earth. You are the messenger.
My name is Bill Graham. As a Marine Biologist who has worked in the US and Mexico for 30 years, I am a student of Nature, a teacher, a researcher, and a nature photographer. Through my work, I have acquired an ever growing passion for how everything in Nature is connected. Today, I travel extensively contemplating about, writing about, and photographing Nature’s connections. I also work with conservation projects in the USA and Mexico and mentor talented youth.