with love from the green scribe in cornwall
Futurists speculate about the fate of our earth and as a fan of science, science fiction and ecology it’s fun for me to project some of our present planetary scenarios forwards. This article extrapolates the theories of James Lovelock, originator of the Gaia Hypothesis and Thomas Berry, an ecologist and writer.
Resurgence magazine recently quoted Thomas Berry:
- the glory of the human has become the devastation of the earth
- the devastation of the earth appears to be our destiny
James Lovelock’s Gaia Hypothesis suggests that the life on earth itself creates a self-balancing mechanism that promotes optimum conditions for us to exist, but within finely defined and fragile boundaries, which we are presently transgressing.
The Gaia Hypothesis
‘When oxygen leaked into the air two aeons ago, the biosphere was like the crew of a stricken submarine, needing all hands to rebuild the systems damaged or destroyed and at the same time threatened by an increasing concentration of poisonous gases in the air. Ingenuity triumphed and the danger was overcome, not in the human way by restoring the old order, but in the flexible Gaian way by adapting to change and converting a murderous intruder into a powerful friend.’
So taking this history into account, if we believe that the pollution of the planet is inevitable and is in fact part of our ‘destiny’, how then do we act to survive? The lesson here may be to convert the ‘murderous intruders’ of waste, of poisoned air, impure water and food, the new and virulent bacterias and viruses into ‘powerful friends’, by adapting and using them as a source of nourishment and life, by finding it within ourselves to convert poisons into nectar and live off the waste products of others. This means enhancing our abilities to be creative, to transform and to self-heal.
At its best the healthy human body is already a self-healing mechanism but it has very specific needs. When the integrity of our nourishment sources is breaking down we need to take positive actions to reinforce our ability to transform and heal and you will find much discussion and many techniques for this here at the StarFields Network.