Developing Ecological Consciousness
The End of Separation
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About the author
Christopher Uhl is a professor of biology at The Pennsylvania State University. As a young man, he had an interest in both medicine and ecology. At Penn State he has been able to join these interests under the rubric of "ecological healing." During the 1980s, he studied the ways in which rainforest ecosystems heal following deforestation. Then, in the 1990s he focused on the role that universities might play in healing by modeling sustainable ecological practices. He is also the author (along with his partner Dr. Dana L. Stuchul) of Teaching as if Life Matters: The Promise of a New Education Culture—a book reflecting a lifelong passion for teaching and learning. See Uhl’s website at www.chrisuhl.net.
Developing Ecological Consciousness is a marked departure from those standard environmental studies texts strongly focused on actions that humans need to take to fix the environment. Christopher Uhl explores the path to living in harmony with Earth, and believes it begins — not with fixing the environment — but with fixing ourselves — specifically our perceptions about Earth.
a part of, not apart from Earth. Indeed, at every level, from the sub-atomic to the cosmic, it is an interdependent relationship that defines reality. Developing Ecological Consciousness successfully exposes the realization that must take place in order to rejoin the community of life; after all, the world was not made for us, but rather, it is we who have been made for the world.
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
; March 2013
288 pages; ISBN 9781442218338Read online
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Title: Developing Ecological Consciousness
Author: Christopher Uhl
Part I: Earth Our Home
Ch. 1: Discovery—Belonging to Something Greater Than Ourselves
Ch. 2: Coming to Awareness—A Living Planet
Ch. 3: Cultivating Community—Intimacy with Earth’s Web of Life
Part II: Assessing the Health of Earth
Ch. 4: Listening—Gauging the Health of Earth
Ch. 5: Courage—Facing Up to the Unraveling of the Biosphere
Ch. 6: Living the Questions—Discovering Causes of Earth Breakdown
Part III: Healing Ourselves, Healing Earth
Ch. 7: The Old Story—Economism and Separation
Ch. 8: The Great Turning—Birthing a New Story
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In the press
This book's title proclaims the author's purpose. An important chapter discusses economism and separation. According to Uhl, economism is central to the life stories of people today. Individuals see things in terms of money, without understanding the consequences of their actions on the Earth and on others. The author sees economism as a pseudo religion and believes the present time is an "age of separation." Uhl attempts, by description and by suggesting experiences to participate in, to point the way toward changing society so that people are no longer as separated and see the world through a non-economistic worldview. This edition (1st ed., 2004) is 100 pages shorter than the original, with new content added and outdated material removed. The first edition, says the author, concentrated on sustainability. However, he came to believe that even working hard toward sustainability will not get people out of the environmental mess they are plunging into. Radical changes are needed. He is probably right, and absorbing this book would help that. Although there is some scientific ecology in the book, it is an environmental stewardship work, not an ecology text. It is well edited, with a good index and documentation. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries.