This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series on a new theory of Green.

Over the last billion years the Earth transformed the once harsh, barren and grey surface of the planet into a stable, thriving, and abundantly green biosphere.

On both a planetary and galactic scale, it is an epic story. However, what makes the story even more remarkable is that the tellers of the tale are thoroughly part of it.

Towards Sequestration in the Principled Pursuit of Green.

This is the eighth post in the Earthen Ethic series. Here we take a look at the third principle of ecological contribution: Towards Storage. Image from Kunstformen der Natur (1904), by Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel, German artist and philosopher who coined the term ‘ecology’.

For-Profit vs. for-Earth Enterprise and the Second Earthen Principle

This is the seventh post in the Earthen Ethic series. Here we take a look at the second principle of Green: Indefinite Cycling. ‘Eagle and Salmon No2 — by James Madam, Wet’suwet’en artist.

The First principle in the Earth’s Greening of the Biosphere

Art by Ernst Haekel, Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 100: Antilopina

The Serengeti volcanic grasslands lie just south of the Tanzanian/Kenyan border and the African equator. This vast area of over 30,000 square kilometers is home to one of the most enduring large mammal ecosystems on the planet.

From the Earth’s billion year process of cultivating the biosphere we can glean the fundamental principles of ecological contribution

This is the fifth installment of an ongoing series developing a new ecological ethics. This week we go far back to the ancient Earth origins of plastic — and lay out the groundwork for the theory..

In the past we have used the example, ways and wisdom of great human teachers as means of discerning good and bad, right and wrong. However practical this has been for making sense of human living, it is insufficient for the ecological discernment we need today. When it comes to making sense of our place in the biosphere, human centered ethics, are de-facto, inadequate.

However, another great teacher awaits our attention — and we have no further to look than our feet.

The Long Story of Plastic

Radiolarians, a type of plankton found in the oceans of the Precambrian and the precusor of our planet’s plastic today. Art by Ernst Haekel (Kunstformen der Natur, 1904)

Two billion years ago, the Earth was a barren and desolate place.

The atmosphere was full of CO2 and the climate was harsh and unstable. Even when life did emerge, only single organisms scurried about. But slow and steady, over the next billion years, life figured out how to use the light of the sun for energy and carbon from the air to build.

Thriving in a New Green World of Ecological Contribution

A old growth tree in Bali, Indonesia — Trees cycle nutrients, sequester carbon, subtract more CO2 than they add, support biodiversity and increase the consciousness of their forest community. Imagine if our homes and enterprises did likewise. -photo by the author

Imagine a world where the very way we live is steadily enriching the ecosystems around us.

It is a world where our households and communities, just by thriving, make the biosphere a greener, more abundant and more livable place for us and our fellow species. It is a world where every company and corporation, just by doing business, is subtracting CO2 and plastic from the biosphere. It is a world in which all our enterprises, large and small, account for not just their financial expenses and revenues, but also their gray and green ecological impacts. Here, concepts such as ‘minimizing footprints’, ‘net-zero’, ‘zero waste’ and ‘carbon-neutral’ are relics. No longer do we strive to minimize our gray harm, instead we strive to maximize our greening contributions. In this world, our culture and economy are like voices syncing in song with the planet’s cycles; a chorus of ecological harmony rising up with us towards the stars.

Presenting An Earthen Ethic

The Earth has greened the planet — why can’t we? Photo by the author.

More and more we are becoming aware of the severity of the ecological crises looming on our horizon. As our collective awareness grows, more and more we want to do something. Alarmed and well meaning, many of us are attempting to ‘help the planet’, to live ‘sustainably’, to ‘protect nature’, or to ‘go-green’.

The Land of the Igorot People, the Cordilleras of the Northern Philippines

For thousands of years civilizations other than our own have thrived without pollution. In these cultures the concept of waste — or “trash” as we call it — did not exist. These highly evolved cultures were essentially pollution free: no trash, no waste… no pollution! We have much to learn from them. Especially those that are still with us.

Russell Maier

Green ethics. Regenerativative Philosophy. Forest Gardener.

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