Part two of this book focuses briefly on a wide variety of ideas and philosophies that have been argued since the beginning of our history. The view a society takes on nature can drastically warp the way that society develops. On page 104, it is said that the European colonists/colonialists shared a more negative view of nature, and so it was easier for them to disrupt the existing ecology to make room for their own settlements. Now after all the destruction, Americans have grown to think of the land they inhabit as God’s country or “nature’s nation.” I can see how this is ironic, however; I don’t believe that it is wrong for Americans to want to love the land their ancestors destroyed. This change in mindset signals a positive progression towards treating our home and the other inhabitants of it with respect.
It is also worth noting that this second half talks much more about Eastern philosophies after a long first half of discussing western philosophies, although there is still plenty of that in the second half as well.
I thought that “the greening of socialism” on page 152. It was extremely thought provoking and even antagonizing. The writings of the green anarchists really bash American culture and capitalism, arguing that capitalism is inherently environmentally unfriendly. Perhaps this is true to some extent, but to believe that capitalism is inherently evil, one would need to believe that mankind is inherently evil as well, which they could also believe.
There is a long dialogue about working-class engagement with nature on 162 that exaggerates this idea of scientific socialism, and how science can prove that the working class should be in charge. Essentially that communism favors nature and the proletariat. This claim is reinforced by Derek Wall’s collection of green source materials that attack right-wing or even moderate beliefs. He argues that environmentalists on the right cannot be green. These are some really bold claims and I disagree with most of them. It doesn’t help that the book feels like a textbook. In the end it is pretty interesting and opened my eyes to some new perspectives.
University of Copenhagen researchers have discovered a surprising tactic of pathogenic bacteria when being attacked by antibiotics: hibernation.
Unfortunately I have decided to pull the plug on the deer haven seed project and move forward with a watershed community outreach project with the help of Janelle and the city. I plan to meet with her Friday afternoon.