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My Private Jungle

  I have a jungle. Not a tropical jungle – just a small, temperate forest jungle in Devon, South West England. It started out 25 years ago as a vegetable garden next to our cottage at Schumacher College when I first came here after almost three years of work as an ecologist in Costa Rica, ...

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Towards an Animistic Science of the Earth

  Introduction   At first sight, science and animism appear to be irreconcilable. Whereas over the last four centuries science has held sway with the view that nature is nothing more than a vast lifeless mechanism that can be understood and controlled by means of experiment and detached analytical reasoning, ‘animists’, in their various guises ...

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Educating for Gaia

As the ecological and social crises bite deeper and deeper into the fabric of our lives, there is an urgent need for an education that addresses the question of how we can develop lifestyles that are truly sustainable in the ecological sense of the word.  Good science teaching is an essential component of this educational ...

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Gaia and Biodiversity

Biodiversity is the diversity of life at various levels of organisation, ranging from genes, species, ecosystems, biomes and landscapes. As far as we can tell, the Earth just before the appearance of modern humans was the most biodiverse it has ever been during the three and a half billion years of life’s tenure on this ...

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Water Gaia

Our thesis: Life has retained planetary water. We champion the poorly developed Gaian view that life has vigorously helped maintain abundant water on the Earth’s surface over the last three and a half thousand million years. We defend the idea that life’s populations persist and continue to expand on Earth not because of any “lucky ...

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