The faux-election of Donald Trump resulted in world-wide gloom, shock,discouragement and fear of impending doom. In short, much of humanity saw this event as signaling the end of civilization as we know it. Carl Sagan, among others, have predicted a 50-50 chance that planet Earth will continue to be able to support human life.
We should not forget that Energy Follows Thought--that what we think determines what we do. Undoubtedly we are entering a period of great change which well may determine whether, as Isaac Asimov predicted in the Foundation series, Earth will become an uninhabitable slum--a dead planet--or recover to again become a vital, thriving organism supporting all forms of interconnected life.
Let us dream and then manifest a world where humans take their cues from nature; where we focus on justice, diversity, democracy, and peace. As a species and for our own survival, let us dream and think and manifest a future of ecological and social justice that will continue to nurture all forms of life on Earth.
The world is waking up to the beauty and mystery of dirt! The stuff we stand upon, walk on and grow things in sustains life on earth, yet we disdain and dismiss it. Not so with the 36 contributors to Dirt: a love story, edited by Barbara Richardson. These essays will bring you closer to dirt in an appreciative, respectful and emotional way. There are many amazing aspects to the substance that we call dirt!
The Practical Visionary by Corinne McLaughlin with Gordon Davidson is a guide for environmental and social justice activists, whether you consider yourself as a member of the New Group of World Servers or simply a concerned person who wants to take action. The first and last parts of the book especially will help you contribute to the development of a sustainable, beautiful and just world. The book is practical.
Dharma Rain: Sources of Buddhist Environmentalism edited by Stephanie Kaza and Kenneth Kraft is, simply put, a wonderful book which should be read by everyone concerned about planet Earth. It ranks with A Sand County Almanac, Moral Ground and Blessed Unrest as a must-read by environmental and social activists, politicians, governors, presidents and Supreme Court judges--i.e., everybody. Written from a Buddhist perspective, the essays by Thich Nhat Hahn, Gary Snyder, Joanna Macy, Tenzin Gyatso, Robert Aitken, Phillip Glass as well as explanations of ancient Buddhist teachings will give you hope, perspective and direction. This is an outstanding book!
THE GREAT TRANSITION: Shifting from Fossil Fuels to Solar and Wind Energy by Lester Brown, Janet Larsen, J. Matthews Roney and Emily E. Adams is a hopeful and upbeat book. Rather than the usual environmental doom-and-gloom projection of the future, this book explains why fossil fuels as a primary source of energy will soon be obsolete and replaced by renewable energy. The reason is economic--coal is too damaging, as China is learning ("can't breathe the air in China") and because solar and wind energy especially are cheaper. Renewable sources of energy simply are more economic that petroleum and coal because they are free. Wind and sunlight don't require destructive and expensive technologies to source energy. Petroleum is getting more and more expensive to "produce" whereas solar and wind are available and free. Renewable energy is clean; coal is unacceptably dirty and polluting. In the end, the marketplace will drive the shift to renewable energy and the threat of catastrophic climate change will be lessened. As for government, humanity will demand a transition to wind and solar energy their superiority becomes more and more obvious.
Ole G. Mouritsen, a professor of biophysics at the University of Southern Denmark,advocates for seaweeds as a underutilized and valuable resource, taking the reader of this book on a grand tour of seaweeds--as a commodity, as nutritious food, as a potential source of biofuels, antibiotics, cosmetics, remedies and numerous other uses. Seaweeds are abundant, can be raised in aquaculture or harvested wild and are uniquely sustainable. Also, they taste good when properly prepared. In this book you will go on a worldwide tour, learning how various cultures, especially the Japanese, raise, harvest and use seaweeds and how to prepare gourmet meals incorporating seaweeds. And it is beautifully illustrated. Eat seaweeds; help save the planet!
This book deserves to be a "Deep Ecology" selection because of the significant impact of the way we eat on the earth's ecosystems. Michael Pollan traces the origins of 4 types of meals we may choose: food produced by industrial agriculture (typically served up as "fast food"), industrial organic agriculture (food grown "organically" but typically transported long distances), food from small, grass-based local farms (boutique farms sustainable and restorative but not available except to the lucky local consumer) and hunter-gatherer food (requiring the eater to hunt, forage and gather, typically as an avocation or recreation). Eco-concerned readers will ponder each meal after reading this book and hopefully will make food choices least harmful to our Earth.
This is a "how to do deep ecology" book! Josh Dorfman tells you how to save money, save time and save planet Earth all at the same time. The lazy Environmentalist on a Budget is an extensive, detailed catalog telling you explicitly how to reuse and recycle, dress stylishly, get around, be cool, save water, house yourself, grow a garden, clean your house without poisoning yourself, outfit baby, find human-safe personal care products, work in an eco-office and kick start an environmental career--in short, live as if deep ecology and the future of planet Earth matters.
World On the Edge: How to prevent environmental and economic collapse by Lester R. Brown and the Earth Policy Institute is the latest iteration of Brown's Plan B. There is abundant and undeniable evidence that global human civilization is on a doomsday course--each day that no action is taken brings global civilization to collapse. Failed states continue to increase in number; food supplies dwindle, desertification is speeding up; water is getting scarcer and what is available is more polluted; we are eating all the fish in the ocean, etc., etc. The litany of bad news is great and is recounted in the first half of World on the Edge. The second half of the book explains how we may yet save ourselves and what steps it would take to prevent civilization's collapse. One specific item of good news is that it would take only about 1/3 of the United States military budget to turn things around!
A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency is a potent book, detailing exquisitely the causes and effects of global warming. It is a collection of essays by concerned thinkers and teachers such as the Dali Lama, Thich Nhat Hahn and Joanna Macy. Among other crises, the book emphasizes the importance of the "third pole"--the huge volumes of frozen water held in the glaciers of the Hindu Kush and Himalayas--these glaciers are the headwaters and source of major rivers such as the Indus, Mekong, Yellow, Ganges and Yangtze rivers, upon whcih the populations of China, India and southeast Asia depend. This is not a religious tract but an urgent call about a manmade calamity that threatens to extinguish the present human race and send us the way of Homo erectus and Homo neanderthalis. As the Buddhist thinkers outline here, there is a solution and the disaster may be averted if the global human community acts compassionately and for the common good. Otherwise, we literally will be toast! Buddhist or not, this book is essential reading for everyone.
Voluntary Simplicityy (2d ed.) is a visionary work. Duane Elgin has updated his 1981 classic with a clarion call for us to wake up! Elgin catalogues the adverse tendencies that presently are coalescing as a perfect storm with the potential to critically damage planet Earth and destroy human civilization. “Potential” is too weak an adjective; Elgin points out that if we continue as we are doing now, it is certain that human life, if it survives, will be severely degraded. Thankfully, there is a way toward a future that is outwardly simple, inwardly rich and more rewarding to the individual than the bitch-god of consumerism that we worship now. Elgin outlines ways of living, individually and as local and global communities that personally enriching, soulfully rewarding and sustainable.
In order to move any environmental project forward, it is necessary to understand how humans develop their values, what motivates them and how their actions might be moved in a more environmentally responsible direction. Deborah Du Nann Winter and Susan M. Koger discuss Freudian, social, behavioral, cognitive, and Gestalt/ecopsychology in terms of their application of moving humanity toward a just society and a sustainable world.
Matthew Fox describes the current desecration of Mother Earth as a matricide caused largely by the mechanistic cosmology of The Enlightenment--God as a"watchmaker; Earth as a commodity." Fox argues that to save the Earth mankind must reincorporate a sense of reverential awe toward nature and the universe; revere the Great Mystery as do indigenous peoples; follow the great Christian mystics such as Meister Eckhardt and Hildegard of Bingen: in short, this book is an invocation for mankind to save Mother Earth by accepting mystic spirituality as a part of our daily practice. This book is a perfect companion to Rachel Carson's A Sense of Wonder and Paul Hawken'sBlessed Unrest.
David Suzuki, a geneticist, founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, and host of the Canadian TV show,The Nature of Things, and David Boyd, an environmental lawyer, show you how to find fresher, tastier, healthier food, create an eco-friendly home, make sustainable transportation choices, reduce consumption and, most importantly, be a greener citizen. As you learn how to live greener by reading this book, you also will learn about the severe challenges facing humanity because of environmental collapse and how these challenges are being met.
The Green Man appears throughout the world, watching us through many forms, a shape shifter. John Matthews takes us on a journey of exploration through 20 centuries and many cultures, tracing the presence of the the mysterious leafy figure that personifies the generative masculine power of the earth. Learn how our ancestors, especially Celtic and Druidic, regarded nature and why we must live in harmony with the Green Man. This book is not about tree hugging.
Robert Engelman is former vice president for research at Population Action International and currently vice president for programs at Worldwatch Institute. In More Engelman explains the math of the population explosion--2 people having 3 children = 50% population increase/generation. Humans have sex more frequently than another other primate. Women want to satisfy this basic drive without being constantly pregnant. Elevated social status, education and available contraception for women may yet save planet Earth! Read Chapter 10 first!
Bob Schildgen is Sierra Magazine's answer guy since the January/February 2005 issue of Sierra, when the popular column was launched. "Hey, Mr. Green: What about ....."--the answer to your environmental question likely will be found in this book, but if not you can contact Mr. Green directly. Deep Ecology is about taking care of the environment, as well as being a philosophy, which is why this book is in the Deep Ecology section of the reading list module.
Wake Up and Smell the Planet, edited by Brangien Davis with Katharine Wroth is Grist Magazine's non-pompous, non-preachy guide to greening your day! Grist will ease your eco-worries and assuage your eco-guilt. Davis and Wroth will tell you whether it is better to nuke your cup of tea in a microwave or boil water on a stove, whether to wash your car yourself or go to an autowash, when to compost and how; in short, this little guidebook is a comfort to all obsessive-compulsive greenies! Don't forget the CFBs!
The Last Days of Ancient Sunlight qualifies as an entry in "Deep Ecology" because it not only depicts the perilous state of Planet Earth at the present, but offers a proactive path to recovery and resolution. It correlates well withCollapse by Diamond and Red Sky at Morning by Speth. It is the inspiration for Leonardo DiCaprio's movie, Global Warning. Together with Hawken'sBlessed Unrest, it dispels the the doom and gloom that we all feel and offers hope.
The Little Green Handbook is an essential reference for anyone who cares about the future of the planet. Author Ron Nielson identifies seven trends shaping the future of our planet: environmental degradation, the population explosion, diminishing land resources, diminishing water resources, the destruction of the atmosphere, the approaching energy crisis and social decline--the first step in solving a problem is to recognize that there is a problem; Nielsen summarizes them well. The question is, will humanity respond in time?
The E Magazine Handbook for living lightly on the earth is an up-to-date reference for both the neophyte and experienced environmentalist. Green Living is chock full of suggestions and ideas about eating, traveling, dressing, and investing green. It is a valuable resource guide for anyone interested in building strong, safe, healthy communities and striving to protect the earth for coming generations.
Dr. Epstein penetrates the facades of the huge cancer institutions and explodes the myth that they are protecting us from cancer-causing agents. His urgent message--stops cancer before it starts--is urgent in American society. where 1 in 7 women get breast cancer, testicular cancer has increased 300% in incidence in young men in the last several decades. where prostatic cancer has doubled in incidence since 1950 and where childhood leukemia has become epidemic. The environmental causes of cancer must be addressed. As the group of breast-cancer survivors, Rachel's Friends, says, "You can race for the cure but you can't run from the cause".
The Art of the Commonplace, a collection of 21 agrarian essays by Wendell Berry, promotes a clearly defined vision that is compelling to people dissatisfied with the stress, anxiety, ill-health and destructiveness of comtemporary American society.
Oregon Wild is included among the books on deep ecology because it illustrates how much we would lose if we lost wilderness. By highlighting the beauty of Oregon the threats to our natural heritage and the web of life are made real to the reader. The message of this book is driven home by the beautiful photographic illustrations. The book is worth having for the pictures alone.
The Web of Life is a synthesis of recent scientific breakthroughs such as the theory of complexity. Gaia theory, chaos theory, and other explanations of the properties of organisma, social systems and ecosystems. The book begins with a discussion of a new paradigm--Deep Ecology.
Ecological Medicine: Healing the Earth, Healing Ourselves (with foreword by Andrew Weil, M.D.), draws largely from the annual Bioneers Conference and focuses on pragmatic solutions emerging at the interface between environmental restoration and holistic healing. Ecological medicine advocates public health measures that improve human health through environmental restoration. Pollution and human disease are intimately related; a healthy enviornment results in a healthy human population and, no less importantly, better health for all living things. Among other topics, the precautionary principle and the importance of spirituality are discussed.
Between Pacific Tides has assumed an iconic status as a textbook of marine biology. Everyone identifies Ed Ricketts as the model for "Doc" in Steinbeck's "Cannery Row". Between Pacific Tides is a classic work of marine biology; a favorite for generations. This revised edition describes the habits and habitats of the animals that live in one of the most prolific life zones in the world--the rocky pools of the Pacific Coast of the United States. Ricketts' depiction of the richness of the Pacific tidal zone highlights the necessity to preserve this trove of biodiversity.
A Primer of Conservation Biology, Third Edition, incorporates background, theory, and examples in a lively and readable test. The book provides the most up-to-date perspectives on many high-profiles in conservation biology, such as sustainable development, the effectiveness of conservation laws and treaties, the design of conservation areas, classification of conservation threats, and strategies to save species on the verge of extinction. A Primer of Conservation Biology will provide the Deep Ecologist with tools and insights.
This book and Banerjee's photographs speak for themselves!
The basic thesis of this work is that environmental problems are only to be solved by people--people who will be required to make value judgments in conflicts that go beyond narrowl conceived human concerns. Thus people require not only an ethical system, but a way of conceiving the world and themselves in such a way that the intrinsic value of life and nature is obvious, a system based on "deep ecological principles".
Deep Ecology explores the philosophical, psychological, and sociological roots of today's environmental movement, examines the human-centered assumptions behind most approaches to nature, explores the possibilities of an expanded human consciousness, and offers specific direct action suggestions for individuals to practice.
Readings on the philosophy and practice of the new environmentalism.