21st Century Global Imperatives: why should we know about (and do something about) global warming, global resource depletion, food security, and global poverty? Because of current global imperatives (energy requirements based on the dreaded carbon-based oil, gas, and coal; attending global warming which is extremely serious but so readily politically deniable; pressures from Middle East democracy events; global recession with problems in the Euro zone; ongoing war and terrorism; horrendous potential food production and food security problems; global natural resource depletion of forests, fisheries, topsoil, water; global poverty; global population causing enormous resource pressures; shifting major power polarities from West to East; and others), the 21st century is qualitatively different from the 20th century.
Or why do we need to preserve our global and regional ecosystems?
We out to celebrate photosynthesis and embrace indigenous knowledge of the living world. Kimmerer can help us to reciprocate in kind and to clearly demonstrate our deep respect for the natural world.
We will look particularly at concepts of: 1)Plants as gifts and how gifts entail reciprocity; 2) We humans are part of Nature and are not separate from the natural world; how we act matters greatly; 3) Critical importance of ceremony (example salmon returning to Cascade Head, OR; 4) Importance of active language in framing plant-human relationships; 5)Our complicity in "Windigo thinking", i.e., profligate lifestyles; 6)Restoring our relationship with the land; and 7) Others. Kimmerer, the purpose of education is to "...learn the nature of our own gifts and to use them for good in the world".
Leopold portrays the natural world in ways that are simple, poetic, lyrical, astonishingly pure, lovely, and without us even knowing it, embedded in sound ecological principles that we learn painlessly.
As a graduate of Yale Forestry School in the early 20th century, Leopold was hell-bent to grow as many trees, clear-cut as many forests, and make as much money as humanly possible.