Towards the green world for all that we all long to see

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

But how do we actually “help the planet”? What does it mean to protect ‘nature’? What are we actually ‘sustaining’? Does going organic, natural or net-zero actually make the difference we long for? What in fact, does going ‘green’ really mean?

Although it may at first seem simple, with a closer look, the answers aren’t so easy. What to think about Coca Cola’s new paper bottle? How about Patagonia’s upcycled-PET jacket or Danone’s 100% recycled bottle? What to think about an organic product shipped around the world or a natural product wrapped in plastic? How do we evaluate green-intended technologies…


The Inspiring Example of the Master of Green

SO IT HAS BEEN that over the last two billion years, the Earth transformed the once harsh, barren and grey surface of the planet into the stable and thriving biosphere that is our common home today. From both a planetary and even galactic view, 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.

Indeed, our tale telling is only possible through the Earth’s billion year management of carbon; through its million year stabilization of the biosphere; through our last millennia of carbon de-compaction and…


A Final Ethic to Guide Keen Green Enterprises

Observe how the Earth has tended its cycles towards an ever greater awareness of interconnection — Earthen Ethic №6

This is the tenth installment of the Earthen Ethic series laying out the framework for a new ecological ethics based on the Earth’s example. This week we go deep into the sixth and final principle — of awareness raising.

BENEATH THE MOSSY FLOOR of North American temperate forests, there lies a hidden network exchanging the needs, nutrients and character of trees. Observing the lush verdant splendor above, it is easy to overlook that the secret to the forest’s well-being lies below. Starting several centimeters under the soil, a multitude of mycorrhizal fungal species attach to the roots of Spruce, Birch, Douglas Fir and other trees and plants. From one root system to another, white mycellial threads spread tree to tree…


Observe how the Earth has supported life and its diversification. — Earthen Ethic №5

This is the ninth installment of the Earthen Ethic series that is laying out the framework for a new ecological ethics based on the Earth’s example. This week we go deep into the fifth principle — of diversification.

IN 1998, PALEONTOLOGIST Joseph Sepkoski completed a comprehensive database of marine life over the last 541 million years. The database compiled over 30,000 fossil genera, representing the finds and categorization of millions of species. By recording each genus’s appearance and disappearance in the fossil timeline, he was able to chart for how long each were active and when they died off. Sepkoski was particularly interested in showing the Earth’s great rises and falls in diversity — such as the explosion of life in the Carboniferous to the rise and fall of the dinosaurs. Indeed, his timeline of extinctions correlates directly…


Great article that clears up misconceptions. Indeed, Bitcoin is a step forward from our petro-capital based currencies. And Ethereum another step. And Cardano. However, it is essential to raise our standard of "green"! And to be clear: all these blockchains are fundamentally net-additive. In other words, the net-impact of their chain operations, based as it is on computer powered calculations or networking, adds carbon to the atmosphere. This is not how the Earth greened the planet. Earth processes are fundamentally carbon net-subtractive. Following the Earth's example is the way forward. THIS is what we need as a the foundation for our currencies. It also happens to be what my team and I have built: www.ecobricks.org/brikchain


Transcending Net-Zero to Net-Green

Observe the way the Earth subtracts more of its carbon into cycling and sequestration than it adds back to the biosphere. — Earthen ethic №4

This is the ninth essay in the Earthen Ethic series. Here we take a look at the fourth principle of ecological contribution. Art by Ernst Heinrich Philipp August Haeckel, German artist and philosopher who coined the term ‘ecology’ — Kunstformen der Natur (1904)

Early in the period, plants had just figured out how to make lingin cells; the sturdy cellulose required to build bark and trunks. Meanwhile, fungi had yet to devise a means for its quick decomposition. When a tree fell, before it could be decomposed and its carbon released, other fallen trees and vegetation would cover it up. Entombed with no oxygen or sunlight reaching it, bacteria and fungi, could not break it down. Compacted by…


Towards Sequestration in the Principled Pursuit of Green.

Observe the way the Earth has subtracted, concentrated and secured its active elements for the long-term. -Earthen Principle №3

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’.

UNLIKE A CAR, A ROCKET LAUNCH OR AN EBOOK, the Crassostrea gigas Oyster removes, concentrates and stores carbon out of its environment. In so doing, it not only provides it’s own home, but also a valuable ecological contribution to our common home. By extracting calcium and carbon from the ocean around it, oysters build their shell out of calcium carbonate. On average, 13% of an oyster shell’s net weight is carbon.i At the end of the oyster’s life, the shell falls…


Transitioning from for-Profit to for-Earth enterprise

Observe how ecological surpluses are distributed upwards from organism to ecosystem, ecosystem to biome, biome to biosphere. -Earthen Principle №2

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.

SEVEN YEARS LATER, the Salmon retrace their route, navigating ocean, river, and stream to return to very creek where their lives began. Along the way, a host of creatures benefit. Bears, eagles, ravens and humans gain an autumnal feast that prepares them for the long winter ahead. Often Salmon are brought deep into the forest to be consumed. There, the carcasses of the fish and the excrement of those that consume them, fertilize the forest with a blast of marine…


Umair, I think you are on to something important here. I am working on the front lines of plastic pollution around the world. I've been doing so for the last ten years in some of the most polluted places on the planet. I am also have a degree in philosophy. And... I totally disagree with your conclusions. Most importantly, I disagree with your premises. The error isn't in your logic. It's in the very words you chose to use. For example, just by using the term 'nature' you set up a dichtomy between humans and the biosphere that propels you…


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

This is the sixth installment of An Earthen Ethic. Now we launch into the first of the six Earthen principles.

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

Observe the way the Earth has used its elements as indefinitely circular building blocks. — Earthen Ethic №1

Each year, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate through the grasslands accompanied by their predators. As the grasses capture carbon from the air, they build their stalks to carpet the savanna. In so doing, the grass lays out a vast and ever regenerating banquet. As the wildebeest and other herbivores graze, they digest the grass’s cellulose, releasing molecules of…

Russell Maier

Green ethics. Regenerativative Philosophy. Forest Gardener.

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