Jul 18, 2014

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Transitions from Globalization to Eco-Localism

Reading List

Becoming an effective activist requires understanding complex sets of issues in depth, and in a full context. We believe that developing and refining one’s worldview—how one understands the root causes of the current, global ecosocial crisis—creates the foundation for more specific, strategic work to ameliorate the problems facing nature and people.
This reading list is just a start, and a work in progress. Not included are books we have published; for a list of those works, see here.

Environmental Ethics

The Spell of the Sensuous—David Abram
The Dream of the Earth—Thomas Berry
The Rebirth of Environmentalism—Douglas Bevington
Silent Spring—Rachel Carson
Deep Ecology: Living as if Nature Mattered—Bill Devall and George Sessions
The Ecology of Wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess—ed. Alan Drengson and Bill Devall
A Sand County Almanac—Aldo Leopold
Can Life Prevail?—Penti Linkola
Rogue Primate—John Livingston
The Rights of Nature: A History of Environmental Ethics—Roderick Nash
Dwellers in the Land—Kirkpatrick Sale
Ecofeminism—Vandana Shiva and Maria Mies

Environmental History

The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America—Douglas Brinkley
The American Conservation Movement—Stephen Fox
American Environmental History: An Introduction—Carolyn Merchant
Wilderness and the American Mind—Roderick Nash
Crucible for Conservation—Robert Righter
National Parks: The American Experience—Alfred Runte
Nature’s Economy: A History of Ecological Ideas—Donald Worster
A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir—Donald Worster

Conservation and Wildlife

Wild Earth: Wild Ideas for a World Out of Balance—Tom Butler
Rewilding North America—Dave Foreman
Wildlife in America—Peter Matthiessen
Saving Nature’s Legacy—Reed Noss and Alan Cooperrider
The Diversity of Life—Edward O. Wilson

Technology, Culture, Agriculture

The Unsettling of America—Wendell Berry
The Geography of Nowhere—James Howard Kunstler
Deschooling Society—Ivan Illich
Shadow Work—Ivan Illich
Consulting the Genius of the Place—Wes Jackson
In the Absence of the Sacred—Jerry Mander
The Death of Nature—Carolyn Merchant
The Myth of the Machine—Lewis Mumford
The Only World We've Got: A Paul Shepard Reader—Paul Shepard
The Resurgence of the Real—Charlene Spretnak
The Whale and the Reactor—Langdon Winner

Energy, Economics, Overpopulation

Overshoot—William S. Catton
Life on the Brink—Eileen Crist and Philip Cafaro
Manswarm—Dave Foreman
The Long Descent—John Michael Greer
Living Within Limits—Garrett Hardin
The End of Growth—Richard Heinberg
The Party’s Over—Richard Heinberg
The Capitalism Papers—Jerry Mander

The Next Economy (Updated 2014) - YouTube

Getting Soil Data from the USDA Web Soil Survey

Posted July 18, 2014 by Andrew Schreiber

Soil is one of the basic resources that we have when beginning to work with land. Along with water, climatic patterns, and existing ecosystems, soils form the canvas on which we paint our agro-ecological life support systems.

In the US the Web Soil Survey (WSS) managed by the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service operates one of the largest soil resource information systems in the world.

Soils of more than 95% of the counties in the continental United States have been mapped as part of the National Cooperative Soil Survey. That data is available online through an easy to use map-interface, and a wide range of data is freely available for download as a (well formulated) PDF or as tabulated and spatial data for Geographical Information Systems (GIS) program.

In this article I’ll show you how to navigate the WSS interface, and where to find soil data which is most relevant for initial site assessments for permaculture design. --> Full Article: Getting Soil Data from the USDA Web Soil Survey

Jul 15, 2014

J. Baird Callicott '63 - "Judeo-Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Environmental Ethics" - YouTube

American philosopher J. Baird Callicott describes the development of secular environmental ethics and comparative religious environmentalism, two approaches to environmental ethics that continue to define how we think about a sustainable world.Callicott is one of the great scholars of Aldo Leopold’s work, and someone who continues to develop his “land ethic.” Leopold has been an inspiration to me personally, and I’m pleased to share that later this year my wife Steph and I will be participating in one of the Aldo Leopold Foundation‘s Land Ethic Leader training programs. This is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, and I’ll have more to say about it once we complete it. In the meantime, you can find out more about the Aldo Leopold Foundation at www.aldoleopold.org.

Read more: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dannyfisher/2014/07/j-baird-callicott-on-judeo-christianity-zen-buddhism-and-environmental-ethics/#ixzz37XDfQ5WE

J. Baird Callicott '63 - "Judeo-Christianity, Zen Buddhism, and Environmental Ethics" - YouTube

Journey of the Universe is an epic documentary exploring the human connection to Earth and the cosmos, from producer/directors Patsy Northcutt and David Kennard. Big science, big history, big story, this one-of-a-kind film was created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers, led by co-writers Brian Thomas Swimme, the acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher, and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.