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A Manifesto for Earth
P.O. Box 279 Lanark, ON Canada K0G 1K0Email: mosquin@
June 11, 1918 to April 6, 2004Canada V0G 1S0Email: email@example.com
has a Ph.D. in Systematics & Evolutionfrom UCLA. He spent 12 years as a research scientistwith Agriculture Canada, Ottawa, and has taught at theUniversity of Alberta, and the University of Califor-nia, Berkeley
He served as editor of
The CanadianField - Naturalist,
He is the au-thor or co-author of four books and of some 100 sci-entific and popular articles on ecology, natural his-tory, endangered species, biodiversity, and environ-mental ethics. A recent article:
The Roles of Biodiversity in Creating and Maintaining the Ecosphere
http://www.ecospherics.net/pages/MosqEcoFun5.htmlsummarizes part of the ecological foundation for thisManifesto. Ted has served as President and Director of several national and regional Canadian environmental or-ganizations (More bio details at: www.ecospherics.net/ pages/aboutauthors.html).
was educated in ecology at the Universities of Alberta, Nebraska and Manitoba. He has spent equal timeas a research forester with Forestry Canada, as a teacherat the University of Saskatchewan, and since 1985 as anemeritus Professor. A geo-ecologist and environmentalethicist with a background in silviculture and terrain(landscape) ecology, Stan authored
Forest Regions of Canada
Home Place: Essays on Ecology
(NeWest Press, Edmonton, 1990; reissued 2002), as wellas numerous articles, book chapters and reviews. Someof his articles on ecology and ethics are posted atwww.ecospherics.net. He has served on provincial andfederal environmental advisory councils. (More bio detailsat: http://www.ecospherics.net/pages/aboutauthors.html).
Many artistic and philosophical movements have producedManifestos, proclaiming truths that to their authors wereas manifest as their five-fingered hands. This Manifestoalso states self-evident truths, as obvious to us as the mar-vellous five-part environment – land, air, water, fire/sun-light, and organisms – wherein we live, move, and haveour being. The Manifesto is Earth-centered. It shifts thevalue-focus from humanity to the enveloping Ecosphere –that web of organic/inorganic/symbiotic structures and pro-cesses that constitute Planet Earth.The Ecosphere is the Life-giving matrix that envelopsall organisms, intimately intertwinedwiththem in the story of evo-lution from the begin-ning of time. Or-ganisms arefashionedfrom air,water, andsedi-ments,which inturn bearorganicimprints.The com-position of sea water ismaintainedby organismsthat also stabi-lize the improbableatmosphere. Plantsand animals formed thelimestone in mountains whose sediments make ourbones. The false divisions we have made between liv-ing and non-living, biotic and abiotic, organic and in-organic, have put the stablity and evolutionary poten-tial of the Ecosphere at risk.Humanity’s 10,000-year-old experiment in mode-of-liv-ing at the expense of Nature, culminating in economicglobalization, is failing. A primary reason is that we haveplaced the importance of our species above all else. Wehave wrongly considered Earth, its ecosystems, and theirmyriad organic/inorganic parts as mere provisioners,valued only when they serve our needs and wants. A cou-rageous change in attitudes and activities is urgent. Di-agnoses and prescriptions for healing the human-Earthrelationship are legion, and here we emphasize the vi-sionary one that seems essential to the success of all oth-ers. A new worldview anchored in the planetary Eco-sphere points the way.
STATEMENT OF CONVICTION
Everyone searches for meaning in life, for support-ive convictions that take various forms. Many look tofaiths that ignore or discount the importance of thisworld, not realizing in any profound sense that we areborn from Earth and sustained by it throughout ourlives. In today’s dominating industrial culture, Earth-as-home is not a self-evident percept. Few pause daily
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