Environmental Education: Empowering Our Youth

“For people, their story of the human role in the universe is their primary source of intelligibility and value. The deepest crises experienced by any society are those moments of change when the story becomes inadequate for meeting the survival demands of a present situation.”

— Thomas Berry – Dream of the Earth

As a fellow environmental educator, I believe that the future welfare of my young high school students is in jeopardy. Many of them are unaware of the world that much of the adult generation is leaving for them — a future world that includes limited food supplies, less land to support all life on earth, and social unrest. Many of we adults are apathetic about Nature even though Nature is our home upon which we all depend. Much of the human adult population over age 25 harbors a worldview that separates humanity from Nature. We see this apathy expressed in human attitudes about the climate change crisis and a deep distrust of scientists and educators. In addition, our adult population has actively participated in the pollution of our society’s value system resulting in an economic free-for-all that has caused the over-consumption of Nature’s resources.

I offer this question to you:

How can humans thrive within a natural world that has the ingredients necessary for our survival but, at the same time, is threatened by human destruction of that world?

In answer to this question, Earth Charter offers a challenge to we environmental educators and to all stewards of Nature”

“We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose its future. … the future at once holds great peril and great promise. To move forward we must recognize that amid a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny. We must join together to bring forth a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace. Towards this end, it is imperative that we, the peoples of Earth, declare our responsibility to one another, to the greater community of life, and to future generations.”

Despite the impact of a large apathetic group of humans over age 25, there is a significant group of people in this age range who are very effective stewards of our Earth and who hold the power to help our youth embrace a worldview that can result in them advancing the well-being of our home — Mother Earth — now and in the future. These people include teachers (particularly environmental educators), scientists, and all other humans who embrace Nature as being the provider and protector of life on Earth. Through their worldviews and their informed actions, these people act within a framework of protecting our home while the older generation of naysayers with their destructive worldview die off.

It is my view that the first thing that this powerful group of stewards of Nature, environmental educators, and young people must do is to intensely focus on the replacement of humanity’s “Story of Separation” with a “Living Earth Story”.

Another word for “story” is “worldview”. Worldview is commonly defined as a particular philosophy of life or conception of the world that guides us. The worldview of a large part of modern adult humans is believing that we are separate from Nature, from each other, and from the community of life. This worldview is commonly called the “Story of Separation”. This story erroneously portrays humanity as being able to control and predict Nature. The “Story of Separation” results in human behaviors of exploitation, excessive economic growth, extremes of wealth and inequality, and the misuse of Nature’s resources which result in the effects of climate change, consumerism, and overpopulation.

Our human race cannot enjoy a sustainable future if the “Story of Separation” is our guiding worldview. Instead, we need to be living a worldview that is in synergy with our home — Mother Nature. It has been

proposed by several people and organizations that we humans need to embrace the “Living Earth Story”.  A “Living Earth” is an environment where everything is interconnected and interdependent. It is an environment where life’s energy flows from our sun and then between every living creature on Earth. Indeed, the health and well-being of all life on Earth depends upon this energy flow to live. For Earth’s human population to survive, this pattern of interdependence must become a powerful part of our consciousness. In the “Living Earth Story”, we humans believe in the power of community and interdependence — not separation.

The “Living Earth Story” can have its birth and growth in the minds and hearts of our youth while in the classroom and while being outdoors. Interdependence can be studied and practiced in the classroom, in Nature, and in human society. My teaching methods focus on inquiry-based seminars and field trips (with primary, secondary, and high school students), where we trace Nature’s vital energy flow and explore the consequences if we humans interrupt that flow.  We explore interdependence in Nature and in human society. The theme of my entire program is “Everything in Nature is Interdependent and Interconnected”. We embrace the “Living Earth Story” as learning takes place.

It is my view that, if enough environmental educators and their schools throughout the world introduce and practice the “Living Earth Story”, our younger generations will gradually adopt and practice the “Living Earth Story” as the way of life that is already practiced by Mother Nature. As our older human generations die off, humanity will operate in unity with Nature and achieve sustainability. 

I invite environmental educators and other stewards of Nature to join me in a dialog where we can all work together to create a plan of action for helping our young people adopt and practice a worldview that is guided by the “Living Earth Story”. Please provide your comments in the space at the end of this essay or by contacting me at my Twitter account @ballenamar.

Here, I offer several references regarding the “Living Earth Story”. To respect your time, with each reference I provide a short summary.

 

References and useful teaching material that focuses on interdependence in Nature and the”Living Earth Story”

 

Nature’s Web of Life: The Soul and Science of an Interdependent Nature

This is my web site at https://www.freshvista.com. The home page summarizes the content including a list of many essays on interdependence in Nature. I also provide a short video which might prove useful to your students.

 

Free Book. “Empowering Stewards of Nature – Lessons from Our Web of Life”

I encourage you to download a free copy of this 180-page PDF book written by me. You can download the book by following the instructions on the right-hand side of my web site home page at www.freshvista.com.  It is the purpose of this book to share with environmental educators and other stewards of Nature my suggestions for guiding their young people toward the development of a sustainable “Living Earth” worldview. You are welcome to use any of this material in your work. The table of contents for this book is displayed on the download page that appears after you click the picture of the book that appears on the right side.

The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of Humanity’s Search for Meaning. A book by Jeremy Lent

https://www.jeremylent.com/flourishing-future.html

The premise of this book is that our current sustainability crisis is a product of destructive human worldviews that can be reshaped. The book opens with a dedication to those “future generations”(our youth) who can reshape humanity’s worldview. The book continues with an excellent history about how our current worldviews about Nature evolved from previous generations of humans, how we are currently experiencing unnecessary suffering, and how these current worldviews are “…driving our civilization toward collapse”. Lent suggests that we modern humans “reach within ourselves to feel our deepest motivations as living beings embedded in the web of life, and act upon them.” This serves as a suggestion to all of us who are working with youth to create a new legacy of future environmental leaders who understand that:

“A Great Transformation of older worldviews would need to be founded on a worldview that could enable humanity to thrive sustainably on the earth into the future…. The new worldview would be based on the emerging systems view of life, recognizing the intrinsic interconnectedness between all forms of life on earth, and seeing humanity as physically and spiritually embracing the natural world.”

Earth Charter

https://earthcharter.org/

The need is strong, for tools and strategies that reconnect us with the perception that we are part of a community of unique life, that is totally interconnected and that shares, and is generously welcomed by the planet. In the sense of a loving and careful systemic vision, the Earth Charter brings essential reflections. It works like a compass, a north that indicates fundamental inspirations for new actions. They are principles and values ​​that guide us towards a new path, for the common good, for sustainability.

Worldviews and Values in Ecology

https://www.utpjournals.press/doi/pdf/10.3138/uram.18.3.176

“The task for us is now clear, but complex: it is to develop worldviews and value systems that might improve on our chances for ecological survival and a meaningful future development for all life on earth within a global biotic community. It is to the accomplishment of this task that one worthwhile step might be to seek to rediscover the significance of the worldviews and the ultimate values of traditional cultures. We cannot copy or simply take over their worldviews, but we can learn from the ways in which the traditional cultures perceive their unity with all living beings.”

Changing Our Worldview for A Sustainable Future and The Role of Dialogue

http://www.totetu.org/assets/media/paper/j023_040.pdf

“The best mechanism for us to declare our responsibility to each other would be through dialogues—intercultural, interfaith and even interdisciplinary dialogue, as for example between the natural and social-human sciences. Dialogue is the meeting of hearts and minds in the form of cooperative and positive interaction between people of different faith, traditions, spiritual or humanistic beliefs, at the individual or institutional level. Its aim is to derive a common ground in belief and strategy for common action, through a concentration on similarities between faiths, understanding of values and commitment to the common good. Dialogue is communication between people of faith (who agree to disagree on certain issues such as their differences for example); it is the experience of travelling together and working in projects that are of mutual importance. To engage in dialogue also means to be able to take oneself out of one’s own group; seeing oneself as others would see oneself and seeing the future of humankind as a whole.”

Why ecocentrism is the key pathway to sustainability

https://mahb.stanford.edu/blog/statement-ecocentrism/

“Ecocentrism finds value in all of nature. It takes a much wider view of the world than does anthropocentrism, which sees individual humans and the human species as more valuable than all other organisms. Ecocentrism is the broadest of worldviews, but there are related worldviews. Ecocentrism goes beyond biocentrism (ethics that sees inherent value to all living things) by including environmental systems as wholes, and their abiotic aspects. It also goes beyond zoocentrism (seeing value in animals) on account of explicitly including flora and the ecological contexts for organisms. Ecocentrism is thus the umbrella that includes biocentrism and zoocentrism, because all three of these worldviews value the nonhuman, with ecocentrism having the widest vision. Given that life relies on geological processes and geomorphology to sustain it, and that ‘geodiversity’ also has intrinsic value, the broader term ‘ecocentrism’ seems most appropriate.”

David Korten – Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QP7OCZ0d27U&ab_channel=SamEuston (40 minute video)

David Korten addresses the ecological crisis that is created by economic growth and suggests alternative strategies. His book that brings together the important teachings of Thomas Berry (The Dream of the Earth) and the many books about an economic system that protects life on Earth rather than destroys it. David Korten suggests that the Sacred Money and Markets story, the one that drives our lives today, be replaced by a Sacred Life and Living Earth story that preserves the community of life.

According to Korten, “we have created a global suicide economy designed to make money with no concern for the consequences for life”. He goes on to suggest that we must modify our worldview to align with the Society of Friends who suggest that:

“Our understanding of the testimony of simplicity is about removing the excesses that distract us from the life of the Spirit, as well as not using more than our fair share of Earth’s resources. Our testimony of equality would guide us away from a society of such income inequality that exists today. And our testimony of community would lead us to a society where the good of the community comes before the good of the individual.”

Korten then goes on to describe in more detail critical design choices:

“Realigning the basis of our economy to living households and communities, and away from computer-driven financial markets and corporations, is the essential first step toward a healthy, sustainable future. Ownership is power. When that power resides in global financial markets and corporations, it supports making money. But, when distributed among living people in living communities, it supports making a living.”

Please Comment

I encourage you to share your ideas with me. Please provide your comments in the space at the end of this essay or by contacting me at my Twitter account @ballenamar.

Mankind’s Worldview of Nature – A Resource List:

Online Resource List – Humanity’s Inaccurate Worldview Of Nature

 

Environmental Educators Have The Power to Change Humanity’s Inaccurate Worldview About Nature

http://www.freshvista.com/2018/environmental-educators-have-the-power-to-change-humanitys-inaccurate-worldview-about-nature/

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Is There A More Important Education? Solutions to our environmental dilemma rest in environmental education and behaviors that manifest our environmental understanding

http://trib.com/opinion/columns/keown-is-there-a-more-important-education/article_e28f3659-2a7b-5ef8-b889-b2fec4a6ddfd.html

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Stepping Back From The Brink – An astonishing new field of enquiry explores the deep changes that could avert a planetary disaster

http://www.monbiot.com/2018/01/31/stepping-back-from-the-brink/

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What Will It Take To Avoid Collapse? Fifteen thousand scientists have issued a dire warning to humanity about impending collapse but virtually no-one takes notice.

https://patternsofmeaning.com/2017/12/19/what-will-it-really-take-to-avoid-collapse/

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A new history of cultural big ideas looks to the East for solace. Our planetary predicament demands the broadest and deepest perspective to guide our actions in the middle of what would otherwise be an enervating horror show.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2131994-a-new-history-of-cultural-big-ideas-looks-to-the-east-for-solace/

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Our values will decide our destiny. Each unique culture shapes its values, and those values shape history. By the same token, the predominant values of our civilization are what will shape the future.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/our-values-will-decide-our-destiny_us_595fea6be4b085e766b5129e

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A House on Shaky Ground: Eight Structural Flaws of the Western Worldview

http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/a-house-on-shaky-ground-eight-structural-flaws-of-the-western-worldview

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What Does China’s Ecological Civilization Mean For Humanity’s Future?

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/02/10/what-does-chinas-ecological-civilization-mean-humanitys-future

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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

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The Web of Life – A Resource List

Explore extensive Internet resource lists for 22 subjects about Nature and Her interdependent web of life .

 

 

The lists are categorized by topic. These lists will be useful to environmental educators, students, and anyone who wishes to do further research on the material provided in this web site.

To go to an individual resource list, simply click on its title in the list provided below. You can also view the list by clicking on the “Online Resource Lists” menu item on the main menu for this web site. To return to this list from a selected resource list, simply use the back button.

 

Biodiversity

Climate Change

Conservation Practices

Energy Flow In Nature’s Ecosystems

Environmental Education

Environmental Ethics

Forests and Subterrainean Ecosystems

Intelligence, Behavior, and Social Patterns

Man’s Impact On Nature

Miscellaneous Web of Life Subjects

Nature’s Living Systems

Nature Videos

Patterns In Nature

Predators

Self Similarity – Fractals

SIze and Scaling

Soundscape Ecology

The Spiritual Voice of Nature

Superorganisms and Self-Organization

Symmetry In Nature

Synchrony and Time Patterns

Wildlife Issues

 

Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

Please Comment and Subscribe

I invite you to subscribe to my newsletter using the sign-up form provided at the upper right corner of this web page. As a subscriber you will receive regular email announcements of new essays that I publish or popular essays that i have previously published. In these essays you will have the opportunity to share comments and ideas about a topic. Your security is important to me. Please know that your email address is never distributed to anyone.

 

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Earth’s Web of Life Resource List

 

An Extensive List Of Web Resources About Earth’s Web Of Life

 

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Which method of raising cows is the most climate-friendly?

http://grist.org/news/which-method-of-raising-cows-is-the-most-climate-friendly/

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Why we should eat crickets instead of cows

http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/why-we-should-eat-crickets-instead-cows#ixzz3kzM4IWN6

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Seagrass: unsung ecological hero, potential economic powerhouse

http://ab.co/1MvFcvi

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Honeybees Face Global Threat: If They Die, So Do We

http://bit.ly/1LhZQfP

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What cyclists can learn from fish schools.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-cyclists-can-learn-schools-fish-180956826/?utm_source=facebook.com&no-ist

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Evidence that Earth’s first mass extinction was caused by critters not catastrophe

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2015/09/02/evidence.earths.first.mass.extinction.was.caused.critters.not.catastrophe?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+eScienceNews%2Fpopular+%28e%21+Science+News+-+Popular%29

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Wildlife is thriving around Chernobyl since the people left

http://bit.ly/1WKxjn1

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Ten Words That Technology Borrowed from Nature. By examining these words, we look at Nature with greater depth

http://bit.ly/1LvxbGl

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How to protect an American wildlife legacy. A new paper shows that while science plays a critical role in informing conservation action, scientists must move beyond the realm of their expertise into less familiar areas like public relations, education, and even politics, to ultimately meet America’s conservation goals.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-06-american-wildlife-legacy.html#jCp

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How Environmentalists and Skeptics Misrepresent the Science on Polar Bears

http://bit.ly/Sw6lmH

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Supporting native pollinators,.

http://runamukacres.com/2014/04/why-support-native-bees-on-your-farm/

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One person’s thoughts: “Why I’m Quitting Environmentalism”

http://www.care2.com/causes/3-reasons-im-quitting-environmentalism.html

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Balance In Nature. Modern Western  thought versus the indigenous approach to Nature.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxPVrr44KHI#t=264

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An open letter to the World Wildlife Fund about their support of sport and trophy hunting.

http://www.nikela.org/open-letter-world-wildlife-fund-sport-hunting/

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“We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

From “The Outermost House” by Henry Beston

https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/308220-the-outermost-house-a-year-of-life-on-the-great-beach-of-cape-cod

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A wonderful video portraying the great value of estuaries.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k0Ahw-49mk#t=108

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Grazing on federal land under threat because of drought. Perhaps mother Nature herself is solving the welfare ranching problem.

http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-drought-grazing-20140616-story.html#page=1

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The importance of stupidity in scientific research. “The more comfortable we become with being stupid, the deeper we will wade into the unknown and the more likely we are to make big discoveries”

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CADycQaWsAAe3mA.jpg:large

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Is ‘Sustainable Beef’ an Oxymoron? Beef is a health hazard both to humans and to our environment.

https://ecowatch.com/2015/03/11/sustainable-beef-an-oxymoron/

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The Oldest Living Things in the World: A Decade-Long Photographic Masterpiece at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Philosophy

http://www.brainpickings.org/2014/04/14/the-oldest-living-things-in-the-world-rachel-sussman-book/

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Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion

http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/together-with-earth/bigger-than-science-bigger-than-religion

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The Great Remembering – Delta S

http://www.conservationofchange.org/the-great-remembering/

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Beyond the basics of the Sun: 10 things you didn’t know

http://thinkingmuse.com/the-sun/

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Is Yellowstone National Park In Danger Of Being Loved To Death?

https://www.wbez.org/shows/fresh-air/is-yellowstone-national-park-in-danger-of-being-loved-to-death/491b397e-7d6d-4b36-ab87-e7c37ef3b666

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Return of the Cicada

An amazing strategy of life. 17 years.

http://vimeo.com/66688653

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Connected – A film for change

Connected asks questions about what kind of future we all want to see. Filmed on a journey across Europe, the film seeks to connect with others to discuss key issues that affect us all on a global scale.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXuWqMiwSis#t=721

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The Bison Roundup That The US Government Wants To Hide. Once more, agricultural politics rather than good conservation prevails.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/15/opinion/the-bison-roundup-the-government-wants-to-hide.html

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What Lessons Can We Learn From Biosphere 2

http://www.npr.org/2013/09/27/216104349/what-lessons-came-out-of-biosphere-2

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A great TED talk on why our bees are disappearing.

http://www.npr.org/2013/09/27/225440117/why-are-bees-disappearing

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A ‘Bee Highway’ Was Built in Oslo to Protect Pollinators

One-third of Norway’s 200 wild bee species are endangered. Environmentalists hope this innovative ‘highway’ will help save them.

http://www.alternet.org/environment/bee-highway-was-built-oslo-protect-pollinators?utm_content=buffer95440&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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Plankton are responsible for 50% of earth’s oxygen. They are an essential part of the food chain.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150608-what-plankton-have-done-for-us

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A Pollinator Health Task Force, formed at President Obama’s request and including government agencies from the Federal Highway Association to Fish and Wildlife as well as non-governmental partners, released a plan to protect pollinator habitat and curb pollution from pesticides. The “National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators” calls for research into why pollinator populations are declining, public education, increasing and improving habitat, and forming public-private partnerships to execute these goals. But the plan also mandates some interesting infrastructure plans.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/migrating-monarch-butterflies-might-actually-take-to-the-highway-180955436/?no-ist

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The Weight Of Mountains. This is a short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. It is based upon the work of British geographer L. Dudley Stamp, and was shot in Iceland. Physical geography and geology is an enormous and fascinating subject.

http://vimeo.com/87651855

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A fascinating short essay by the late Isaac Asimov on how people get new ideas? The process of creativity. I found myself strongly relating to this essay because good ideas that have emerged from me seem to follow the process described by Asimov.

http://www.technologyreview.com/view/531911/isaac-asimov-asks-how-do-people-get-new-ideas/

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It’s been called The Big Empty – an immense sea of sagebrush that once stretched 500,000 square miles across North America. Yet it’s far from empty, as those who look closely will discover. In this ecosystem anchored by the sage, eagles and antelope, badgers and lizards, rabbits, wrens, owls, prairie dogs, songbirds, hawks and migrating birds of all description make their homes. Take time to view this really great 53 minute PBS video.

http://video.pbs.org/video/2365494065/

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Great statement of the connection between the evolution of the universe and life on Earth. The Most Astounding Fact – Neil deGrasse Tyson. We are in the universe and the universe is in us. Our atoms come from the stars.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU#t=26

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The next step in saving the planet: E O Wilson and Sean Carroll in conversation

http://mosaicscience.com/story/wilson-and-carroll

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American Prairie Reserve’s mission to create a reserve of more than three million acres represents one of the largest conservation projects in the United States today.

http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/11/02/montanas-glaciated-plains-thinking-big-across-time-and-space/#.Uw1KU3vl9D8.email

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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

Please Comment and Subscribe

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Synchrony and Time Resource List

Nature’s Synchrony And Time Patterns Resource List

 

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Steven Strogatz’s great book on Synchrony

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Steven Strogatz’s great TED.COM talk on Synchrony

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Introduction to time series analysis

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The philosophy of time .

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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

Please Comment and Subscribe

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You are strongly encouraged to become one of my 11,000+ followers on Twitter. My Twitter ID is @ballenamar . With Twitter, in addition to receiving daily Tweets that announce my essays, you will see when I retweet something that I read and that I think is important.

 

Symmetry in Nature Resource List

Symmetry in Nature Web Resource List

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News article and video on a symmetry talk given by Marcus du Sautoy.

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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

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Size and Scaling in Nature – A Resource List

 

Web Resources For Sizing And Scaling In Nature

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On The Scaling and Unity of Life – Lecture by Geoffrey West

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Of Mice and Elephants by George Johnson

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Size and Shape In Biology by T.F.Colton

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Size Matters: The Hiddern Mathematics of Life.

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The Origin of Universal Scaling Laws in Biology by Geoffrey West

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Sizes of Organisms : The Surface Area To Volume Ratio

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Scaling : The surprising mathematics of life and civilzation
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The Hidden Power Laws of Ecosystems
As nature scales, complexity gives way to universal law.
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Scientists explain a fundamental equation of life (Geoffrey West, et. al)
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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

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Fractals In Nature : A Web Resource List

 

Self Similarity (Fractals) In Nature – A Web Resource List

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What are fractals any why should I care?

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Fractals from Wikipedia.

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Fractals from Wolfram Research .

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A blog on fractals and complexity. .

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A simple explanation of self similarity. .

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Wikimedia’s take on fractals in nature.

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I love fractal art because it mimics all of Nature.
 
 

 

Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

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Animal Intelligence – A Web Resource List

AnImal Intelligence and Behavior – A Resource List

 

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Whales Team up in an amazing bubble-net hunt/

Like a band of brothers, these humpback whales are so close they hunt in near-perfect unison. By cleverly blowing air at depths of 600ft, they create a bubble net that traps their prey near the surface. Then with the grace of synchronised swimmers, the 35-tonne giants break waves at just the right time to devour the fish.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z00G0RxeSP0

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What is a meme ?

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Wikipedia on memes

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Wikipedia on sociobiology

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George Boeree’s web page on sociobiology

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Wikipedia on epigenetics

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PBS Nova web page and video on epigenetics

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 We human seem to minimize the intelligence of animals.
Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication and use of tools for hunting. New research shows just how sophisticated their hunting techniques can be.
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Animal behavior isn’t complicated, but it is complex. Nicolas Perony studies how individual animals — be they Scottish Terriers, bats or meerkats — follow simple rules that, collectively, create larger patterns of behavior. And how this complexity born of simplicity can help them adapt to new circumstances, as they arise.
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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

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Forests : A Web Resource List

 

Forests – A Web Resource List

 

DIRT! The Movie takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvrww8iMl-A

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What is an old-growth forest?

http://www.oregonwild.org/oregon_forests/old_growth_protection/what-is-an-old-growth-forest

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From the State of Minnesota. A nice web site on old-growth forests.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/forests_types/oldgrowth/description.html

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Do Trees Communicate With Each Other? A very interesting video on how trees inter-communicate.

http://abject.ca/do-trees-communicate/

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The Networked Beauty of Forests. A very interesting video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRSPy3ZwpBk&list=TLGluReTQZKDOzeBFU_Cck7kRVJJdqDP0f

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Is Sustainable Forestry Really Sustainable ?

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2014/05/04/is-sustainable-forestry-sustainable/#comment-343097

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Organisms below-ground could hold the key to understanding how the worlds ecosystems function. Below-ground communities also play a major role in shaping plant biodiversity ways that plants respond to environmental change.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141126132704.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily%2Fplants_animals%2Fecology+%28Ecology+Research+News+–+ScienceDaily%29

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A fascinating article on very old trees. “According to the Eastern OldList, an online database of the oldest confirmed trees in eastern North America, a white cedar growing on the Niagara escarpment lived to the ripe old age of 1,653 before dying. Another lasted to 1,567. A 1,141-year-old specimen is still alive.”

http://northernwoodlands.org/outside_story/article/old-trees

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Below Our Feet, a World of Hidden LIfe.

The soil teems with billions of hidden microbes. Researchers have begun to catalog how these organisms are changing the world.

https://www.quantamagazine.org/20150616-soil-microbes-bacteria-climate-change/

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Plants Communicate Using An Internet of Fungi

http://upliftconnect.com/plants-communicate-using-an-internet-of-fungi/

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How to log a forest without hurting the birds
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Trees and plants communicate and interact with each other. Sophisticated, underground, fungal networks  connect the trees and plants of an ecosystem. This symbiosis enables the purposeful sharing of resources, consequently helping the whole system of trees and plants to flourish.
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Why Do I Write These Essays?

Nothing in Nature exists in isolation. The movement of life’s energy, which originates in the sun, takes place because everything is interconnected and interdependent. Your consciousness of interdependence in Nature means that, every time you engage Nature, you ask yourself how a creature, a plant, yourself, or a natural object is connected to another and to Nature’s greater scheme of things. With this awareness you are prepared to protect Nature’s environment that sustains you. And, you create your legacy by encouraging others to do likewise.

 

If, after reading my essays, you find yourself embracing these ideas, I am thrilled in knowing that I’ve played some small part in setting this world view in motion in your mind.

 

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