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Our one shared living biosphere is collapsing and dying.
Continued being depends urgently upon reconnecting with nature through
global embrace of an ecology ethic whose individual affirmative outcomes
for natural ecosystems are sufficient in sum to sustain global nature. A
primary ethical measure of a person is the degree to which their
lifestyle positively or negatively impacts nature.
“Ecology is the meaning of life. Truth, justice, equity, and sustainability are the ideals whereby ecology is maintained.” – Dr. Glen Barry
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” – Aldo Leopod, The Land Ethic, A Sand County Almanac.
“To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.” – Wendell Berry
“To the question: Wilderness, who needs it? Doc would say: Because we like the taste of freedom, comrades.” – Edward Abbey, The Monkey Wrench Gang
Let’s start from the self-evident premise that Earth is a living organism. Like cells aggregating to tissues, and onward into organisms and populations; species and ecosystems are the lower level parts of the biosphere in sum. Old forests, natural waterways, oceans, soils, wetlands, and the atmosphere are the organs that together constitute a living Earth.
Big old trees in large, connected, and ecologically intact old-growth forests stabilize global climate and power the biosphere, making Earth habitable. Water is the elixir of life without which organic life is not possible. Soils take millennia to accumulate, providing the basis for plants, food growth, and ultimately wildlife and humanity. Wetlands and oceans, the atmosphere and climate, together constitute the environment needed by all life.
Such natural ecosystems – and the cyclic homeostasis of their
interactions – provide the basis for all life and are thus godlike and
worthy of veneration. Modern lifestyles have forsaken the ethical
framework necessary to perpetuate 3.5 billion years of natural