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THE LEARNING CURVE: ALL EDUCATION IS ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION by David W. Orr
(An abridged version of a brilliant essay published in the September/October 2004 edition of Resurgence , submitted by Jenny Lawrence of Global Resources Energy Exchange Network, with acknowledgement and thanks to both the author and the magazine.)
The most important discovery of the past two centuries is that we are joined in one fragile experiment, vulnerable to bad judgement, shortsightedness, greed and malice. Though divided by nation, tribe, religion, ethnicity, language, culture and politics, we are co-members of one enterprise stretching back through time beyond memory, but forward no further than our ability to recognise that we are, as Aldo Leopold once put it, plain members and citizens of the biotic community. More...
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Tackling the issues of global warming, poverty and biodiversity loss in one fell swoop is a huge challenge. Fortunately, a partnership has formed between conservation organizations, the private sector and research groups to create the Climate, Community and Biodiversity Alliance (CCBA) which will develop the first ever set of standards to address these problems simultaneously. Find out how you can have your say in developing the solution. More...
Just Chill? by Hannah Bullock
As the environment hots up, young people are chilling out. Hannah Bullock finds out what could fire them up.
Young people, they’re the ones who care about the environment, right? “Well, if you mention it in our economics class, or we talk about who’s responsible for problems, most people in the class just brush it aside.” The attitude of Rosie Bristow’s A-level economics class paints the picture of a generation that reckons it has got its priorities sorted: get a grip and don’t even go near that sad environment stuff.
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SEDUCED BY SPEED: Jonathon Porritt
from: Resurgence issue 222
MUCH HAS BEEN written over the centuries about the Mevlevi Order of Dervishes (better known as the Whirling Dervishes), founded in thirteenth-century Persia by the Sufi poet and mystic, Jalalu'din Rumi. For many, the kind of prayer, fasting and sacred dance associated with the Whirling Dervishes epitomised the pursuit of the knowledge of God through ecstasy and intense devotion. More...
ARTICLE; JULY 2004; by Karin Saks
Eugene Marais - poet, advocate, doctor, naturalist and author of “My Friends the Baboons” and “The Soul of the Ape”, may have been as colourful and textured as the South African History of which he is part. In 1907, he lived close to a group of three hundred baboons in The Waterberg.
What drove him to research the Chacma baboon as extensively as he did? More...
The State of Our World: James Guy Butler
The knowledge that we cannot sustain the demands we place on our home - the earth - indefinitely has been with us for a long time. The possibility of the world as we know it coming to an end though, remains somehow the stuff of science fiction to the average person, an impossible concept. With escalating population rates and rampant consumerism without thought for waste or environmental consideration on the part of the corporation and ultimately the individual, there is a great deal of work to be done - both in terms of our approach to consumption and waste, as well as the nature of our tenancy on this planet. Currently we exist parasitically, without balance or any real positive exchange, but, with research into alternative, less destructive energy sources and a more urgent and powerful awareness and education this potentially mutually terminal relationship might be repaired.