I am starting a new book project called Earthtalk: Conversations for Healing Our Ailing Planet.
Earthtalk is an environmental treatise that explores and illuminates the thoughts and interventions individuals from all walks of life have suggested in order to heal our ailing planet from human activities that damage or destroy our habitat. Given the pollution already rendered to all our biomes and ecosystems, it is apparent, that we, as a species, are in imminent danger of extinction in the near future.
Scientists have been sounding the alarm for many years but we have not taken their warnings urgently enough. As opposed to relying primarily on experts to lead the way in proposing environmental change strategies, this literary work requests viable ecological solutions from any person willing to engage in this monumental task.
I am interviewing individuals by way of phone conversations, personal interviews and from submitted written accounts that focus on viable interventions that would address our current environmental problems and create a new ecological vision and ethic for our planet.
Would you like to participate in this project? If so, please contact me on my cell or email to set up an interview time that works for you. My cell is: 541-292-8700 and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org. You may submit a written summary of your ideas to my email in lieu of an interview if you prefer. A friend and co-author in this project will be Irina Kuzminykh. She will be assisting me in the writing and editing of the book.
Some background information is in order here to explain why we are taking this type of approach of emphasizing strategies from ordinary people and not relying on only formal scientific findings and methodology. First of all, there are not enough experts to address the problem adequately. A few dedicated experts cannot possibly rectify all the needs of the biosphere. All of us, all 7.4 billion of us must volunteer our efforts to make our earthly home sustainable. Our population is beyond the carrying capacity of the planet already so a united full-fledged effort is necessary. A lack of commitment is really the main obstacle that would prevent us from achieving this goal. Given there are so many individuals available to address this project, it is conceivable that a concerted effort would bring about viable results.
I am going to introduce the two environmental works I have written and how these treatise’ can help us direct our efforts in a productive fashion.
I have written two books on environmental issues. The first book is titled, The Passionate Earth: The Evolution of Our Relationship With The Natural World.
The Passionate Earth is an ecopsychology treatise that portrays the evolutionary history of our universe and the relationship the human species has maintained with planet Earth. It begins with the great transition from hunter-gatherer to agricultural living and follows societal development up to our present disposition of disconnection, discord, exploitation and the possibility of our extinction in the near future.
I have presented in detail, an interdisciplinary understanding of the events and changes that have shaped our relationship with the Earth and how they have led to our present ecological crisis. In the second part of the manuscript, I discuss the urgency of living in a sustainable manner and how we can change our lifestyles and attitudes to create a state of harmony and connectedness with the biosphere.
The second book I authored is Living in Place: Fostering Ecological Thinking and Sustainable Lifestyles.
Bioregionalism is the practice of living in harmony with a particular biome or ecosystem successfully in which all entities are honored and respected for their significance (intrinsic worth) and human interactions with the natural world are understood to be symbiotic. Our survival and continuance on this planet will depend on this kind of wisdom and consciousness at increasingly higher levels as we continue to evolve.
In this treatise, I deliberate on the philosophy and the practical applications of Bioregionalism and take you on a grand tour of all the major biomes and various ecosystems (sub-systems of biomes) to give you an understanding of how these systems work and how we can live successfully and sustainably within them. This new lifestyle called by ecologists, “living in place” will present a paradigm or model for ecological living that can change the course of human history such that we can continue our evolutionary destiny and fulfill our covenant with nature as a loyal species.
I employ sixteen accepted biome categories and the various ecosystems of North America to illustrate the concepts I wish to convey in this manuscript. Since the biomes and ecosystems of North America are similar to those on other continents in overall geography, climate, fauna, flora and chemical composition, the concepts relating to living successfully in these unique regions applies to all the biomes and ecosystems on the planet. Some biomes on other continents do exhibit different native flora and fauna than what exists in North America; however, the characteristics and functioning of these biomes are still very much alike.
The two previous works are based on factual scientific knowledge and historical information from societal customs and traditions. The concepts presented have created a context from which to understand our current ecological difficulties. Earth-talk is another means of exploring new ideas and developing interventions that could help humanity reverse the negative effects society has rendered upon its habitat.
Earthtalk will cover many of the topics that were discussed in the two works mentioned but the expertise will come from all those who wish to contribute to this endeavor. Thus, there will be a plethora of ideas, concepts, strategies, interventions and ponderings regarding the human predicament in relation to the natural world and what we consider our place to be in the scheme of creation and evolution.
Our intention is that this outpouring of knowledge, visions and strategies will be an engaging and empowering project that will encourage others to become involved in raising consciousness regarding our ecological disposition. May the resulting philosophies and lifestyles that may ensue from this endeavor allow us to continue our evolutionary journey as a reverent and sustainable species.
The conversations, summaries or interviews from all participants in the project will be presented by subject matter with each different topic comprising a new chapter.
Thank you for your participation in this important endeavor.
John Del Signore