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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.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||2 MB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of ContentsPreface
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
About the Author
What People are Saying About This
Christopher Uhl at once offers a loving, joyful invitation and a profound challenge to transform our relationships with Earth. With great clarity and insight, Uhl shows us that the ecological crisis is fundamentally about who we are, as individuals and as a people. I feature Developing Ecological Consciousness in my introductory environmental courses, and my students and I agree: this is a magnificent, one-of-a-kind book.
Christopher Uhl provides a book that begins in wonder and concludes with applied hope. Developing Ecological Consciousness is a brilliant introduction to the complexities of ecology and mind, and a timely reminder that the world is still rich in possibilities.
Reading Chris's second edition of Developing Ecological Consciousness has been a homecoming, a reminder of who we are, a reminder of what's really important. It should be required reading for all, because it gives us pause to consider the road we will take. And for the sake of the Earth and for our peace of minds, that will make all the difference. Chris turns the environmental movement on its head by saying that the question is not how much stuff we can consume and still keep the Earth sustainable, but rather how our lives can nurture the Earth. He uses a variety of devices to accomplish this reorientation. Like Chris himself, the book is passionate yet gentle; using poignant quotations, revealing vignettes, and easy-to-understand descriptions of how our planet works. Because Developing Ecological Consciousness celebrates the potential of the human spirit, it is uplifting. It brings out the best in the reader.
Meant as both a textbook and as a general reader, this book effectively marries scientific content with a conviction that the way to solve environmental and social problems comes not from legislation or technology, but from humankind's awakened and caring hearts. Recommended.
I was so excited when I discovered the first edition of Developing Ecological Consciousness. It was exactly what I needed in a course book. I have used it every year since and in reviewing the second edition, it just got better.
Anyone who reads Christopher Uhl's writing will come away with something of value, but two groups will benefit most: people who already appreciate the environment, but want inspiration to take the next step toward sustainable living; and teachers and parents who want to reframe today's environmental issues in a way that reaches their students/children at the gut level.
Chris Uhl has been developing his own ecological consciousness since the first edition as is clear from this significant rewrite of that earlier gem. It is shorter, crisper, and significantly deeper, if that’s possible. There is sadness and hope woven in the pages that give us a portrait of the world we share and the relationships that will foretell our common future. He has dug deep to share his collected knowledge and wisdom and opened his heart to all that needs mended. A textbook for sure, but much, much more … guide to living.