I am looking forward to digging into Gaia in Turmoil, co-edited by Eileen Crist, that just arrived on my doorstep. Even more, I am thrilled to be able to meet her in person at the Ecologistics Deep Ecology Collaboratory in San Luis Obispo, October 21-23, 2016!
Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot Afterword
My first encounter with the work of Eileen Crist was in the Afterword in Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot published by the Foundation for Deep Ecology. Every thought, every sentence, so carefully worded, spoke directly to the vague ideas and thoughts that had long been floating around in my head, afraid to be brought out into the light. In her words:
Cropland uses a portion of the planet the size of South America, while land for grazing farm animals eats up an even larger share—an area the size of Africa. Effectively, humanity has seized the temperate zone for agriculture, wiping out all or most former nonhumans and ecologies in order to mine the soil. (“How did they get on top of our soil?”) The raising of tens of billions of domestics has exacted the eradication or displacement of wild animals from their former habitats, the persecution and slaughter of carnivores viewed as threats to farm animals (themselves reduced to being “live-stock”), and the erosion and degradation of lands from overgrazing.”
Confronting Anthropocentrism Presentation – October 2014
While researching Eileen, on the Internet I came across her presentation Confronting Anthropocentrism that she gave at a public presentation series entitled Techno-Utopianism and the Fate of the Earth held in New York City in October 2014. This 16-minute video blew me away!
Come meet Eileen at the Deep Ecology Collaboratory.