My Vision And Voice

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What follows are notes that I made to myself as I thought about how I want to live my life. I share these ideas with my readers in hopes of creating a dialog with other environmental educators and stewards of Nature. Please share your ideas and comments at the bottom of this page.

My Objective:

To share ideas by translating the language of the natural world. Let what is out there speak to us clearly on its own terms using Nature’s three voices – factual, spiritual, aesthetic.

My Premise:

Nothing exists solely on its own. From the most minuscule atomic particle to the grandest galaxies, the past, the present, and the future of every animate and inanimate being in our universe, including human beings, is defined by its interconnection and energy flow with everything else.  If any of these links are broken, Nature at any scale would change or simply not operate.

We human beings are interdependent organisms with a legacy that is represented in both living organisms and non-living natural objects.  Like the rocks, mountains, lions, and ants, we are all made from the same basic atomic materials. We are equal partners with everything else in the Universe. The health of both our interconnected bodies and our interconnected surroundings is essential to our existence.

The Paradox:

The Anthropocene, the epoch of man, is a new geological epoch in which humans are drastically altering the planet. Humans have become the primary force for change on our planet. It is our actions  – from local to global – that now have a major influence on the health or the destruction of life on earth.

Human consciousness of the interdependence in Nature and the conservation of the resulting interconnections is essential for the survival of humanity on this planet. But, human consciousness is no longer connected to Nature even though Nature is highly interconnected with humans. 

To survive, humanity must protect connections in Nature.

The single greatest obstacle to sustainability is the erroneous human worldview that views humanity as disconnected from and superior to Nature.

The Question:

  • How can we create a new sense of stewardship to replace the destructive idea of “mastery”? 
  • How do we rapidly shift Western worldviews so as to re-establish humanity as an interdependent part of Nature?
  • How are we to go about connecting humanity with Nature?

My Vision:

  • Gain a further aesthetic, spiritual, and scientific understanding of Nature’s patterns and how they are connected.
  • Enter into a meaningful engagement with Nature.
  • Enter into a dialog with others regarding the vital importance of connections in Nature. Enlighten through my writing and teaching. Create knowledge and passion through my photography and videography.
  • Help build a renewed and large-scale consciousness of Nature through young people.

Goals:

Build A Revised Consciousness

  • A worldview that realigns the human-nature relationship to one of interdependence.
  • Build a sense of stewardship instead of “mastery”.
  • Build a consciousness of how we are all connected
  • Sustainability through education
  • Create passion
  • Offer enlightenment

Human Focus

  • Translate the language of the natural world into a language understood by humans.
  • Let what is out there speak to us clearly on its own terms.
  • Evangelize an ecological morality.
  • Our youth have the capacity to change humanity.

Needed Action

  • Read, read, read!!!!
  • Blog searches
  • Book highlights
  • Reread Silent Spring
  • Define target audience
    • Environmental educators
    • Students
    • All stewards of Nature
  • Read other blogs
  • Talk/comments to blog readers
  • Use Social Media
  • Amazon reader reviews

Write

    • Weekly Twitter
    • New essays

Photography

Videography

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.

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