Monday, July 18, 2011

Monday's Nature Quote

We have become, by the power of a glorious evolutionary accident called intelligence, the stewards of life's continuity on earth. We did not ask for this role, but we cannot abjure it. We may not be suited to it, but here we are.

--Stephen Jay Gould

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  1. Yeah, now that we've messed with the earth so badly, we sure as hell need to step up and steward!

  2. Words to live by... we cannot abjure it. So far, we're not doing such a good job, but we must continue to try.

  3. Exactly! 
    Oh, Robin, I've just stumbled across the most wonderful book! It's "Hope Beneath Our Feet," edited by Martin Keogh. He asked people like Barbara Kingsolver, Bill McKibben, Barry Lopez, Frances More Lappe, Diane Ackerman, etc to respond to this question: In a time of environmental crisis, how can we live right now?  Since I'd just watched the movie "Gasland" about f***ing fracking, and I already know all too much about the Pacific gyre (and now the Atlantic one too), death of coral reefs, collapse of fisheries, radiation happening in Japan, Gulf  mess, amphibian and other species die-offs, clearcutting of rainforests etc etc,  this book is just what I needed. I highly recommend it.

  4. Thanks for that recommendation. I will definitely look for the book. I need some hope.