Deep Ecology, Part 4: The Great Turning – Reconnecting With The Natural World

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Deep Ecology for the 21st Century, Part 4: The Great Turning – Reconnecting With The Natural World with Theodore Roszak, Edward O. Wilson, Helena Norberg-Hodge and Joanna Macy

In our heart of hearts, we know there is something crazy about what we're doing to the environment—and yet we continue to destroy it. In this program, author Theodore Roszak describes how to stay sane by restoring our wonder and connection with the natural world. Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist E.O. Wilson describes his “biophilia hypothesis: that we have an inherent desire for close association with the natural world, and for a habitat that resembles our original one.” Helena Norberg-Hodge shares secrets from Ladakh, where people have lived sustainably for centuries in the harsh desert climate of northern Himalayan India, and systems theorist Joanna Macy describes "the great turning" that is underway—a social, political and economic shift as significant as the development of agriculture, as impactful as the Industrial Revolution. Through all these perspectives, we begin to see our way to becoming a sane species that has remembered how to live gracefully on this planet. (hosted by Michael Toms)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • The link between contact with nature and child development
  • Why saving endangered species is missing the point
  • Who was really responsible for the Exxon Valdez eco-disaster?
  • Pets and mental health
  • "Biophilia," the human in nature—a daily requirement
  • How 40,000 years in the wilderness still powerfully shapes our lives
  • The voice of the Earth—what is it saying?
  • Ladakh, where women are strong and family comes first
  • How environmentalists can get people to cooperate
  • What humans consider the ideal dwelling location
  • The social changes that ecology requires of us

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 10/1/1998      Program Number: 2719

Music Included

From Album: Like the Dust
Artist: Haunted by Waters
1995 X Dot 25 Productions #PM 1003-2

From Album: Voices Of The Rainforest: A Day In The Life Of The Kaluli People
Artist: various
Rykodisc #RCD 10173
Track - Cutting Trees

From Album: Ricochet Sun
Artist: Opafire
1995 Higher Octave #7071
Track - The Truth (..The Last Language)