Deep Green Living


GreenSpirit ebook series


Edited by Marian Van Eyk McCain

with contributions by:

Eric Alan, Ted Carter, Helen Cockburn, Rachel Corby,
Duane Elgin, Ellen Gunter, Chris Holmes, Donna Ladkin, Nigel Lees
Sky McCain, Eleanor O’Hanlon, Peter Quince and Marianne Worley

By now, it should be apparent to all of us that if life on this planet Earth is to thrive – or even to survive in any recognizable form – we all need to use fewer resources, take up less space and make various changes in the way we live. Humans are already exceeding the carrying capacity of Earth and altering its natural cycles in potentially catastrophic ways. So either we all learn to live lightly or the game is up. However, living lightly is not a chore or an imposition. It is in fact a path towards greater delight and day-to-day satisfaction. You may already be living more lightly on the Earth than many people you know and paying more attention to how the daily choices you make will impact the planet as a whole. But that is not all. Beyond simply living green there is an even more radical way to live. And that is to understand, with your entire mind and body and soul, that you are not simply 'on' the planet, you are an intrinsic part of the planet. For our Earth is not a chunk of inanimate matter: She is one large living, breathing organism and all Her parts are interconnected and interdependent. When you can truly know and feel yourself not as something separate from the Earth, but as a living part of a greater living organism, a cell in the body of that great living organism that many of us like to call Gaia, you touch into an even deeper level of awareness. And not only to know and understand that but to live your entire life out of that humble knowing, that is deep green living, and that is what this book is about. Deep Green Living is the path of sustainability, spirituality, a sense of permanent and eternal belonging and of deep, abiding joy.

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This is the companion Web page for GreenSpirit's Deep Green Living ebook, What follows is a list of the contents together with full references, biographies of the contributors and useful links to relevant websites. (NB: If any book mentioned here has been reviewed on our GreenSpirit website, you can click on the title to read the review)


PART ONE – PLACE

YOUR BIOREGION
by Ellen Gunter and Ted Carter
(This chapter is adapted from their book EarthCalling: A climate change handbook for the 21st century (North Atlantic Books, 2014) pp: 232-238


LEARNING TO LOVE PLACE THROUGH DWELLING
by Donna Ladkin
Donna Ladkin is Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Plymouth Graduate School of Management, Plymouth University. Her background in music and philosophy informs much of her work in the areas of leadership and aesthetics, and aesthetic approaches to business ethics. She is the author of a number of books including 'Mastering the Ethical Dimension of Organizations', which uses art based methods in a reflective approach to developing ethical astuteness. Home is Devon where she lives with her husband and flat-coated retriever Zelda, with whom she explores the local lanes, Dartmoor and coastal walks as part of her daily dwelling practice. This essay was first published in the GreenSpirit Journal in Winter 2005

SHEEP AND ART: AN EXPERIMENT IN CONNECTED LIVING
by Helen Cockburn
Helen Cockburn is an artist and writer. This essay was first published in the GreenSpirit Journal in Summer 2004.

GREEN AND BELONGING
by Marianne Worley
Marianne Worley was born in the UK and grew up in Australia. After a year of wandering the world, she now lives in Healesville, Australia, with her partner and two young children. She is a trained biologist with an honours degree in botany and zoology and a Ph.D. in rainforest bryophyte ecology. She has been involved in a variety of research and biodiversity conservation projects, including threatened species conservation for the Victorian government, radio-tracking koalas, possums and platypus, and contributing authorship of Lonely Planet Publications' ‘Watching Wildlife – Australia’.

PART TWO – LIFESTYLES

THREE MEDIA VIEWS OF GREEN LIVING
by Duane Elgin
(This short essay originally appeared as a blog post in the Huffington Post in 2011 and is reprinted here with permission.)
Duane Elgin is the well-known author of Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (first published in 1981, with a Second Edition, published by Harper in 2010  ) and The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (Berrett-Koehler 2009)

THE GREAT PARADOX OF SIMPLICITY
by Marian Van Eyk McCain
This chapter is adapted from The Lilypad List: 7 Steps to the Simple Life, published by Findhorn Press in 2004
Marian Van Eyk McCain is a retired psychologist and the author of seven books. She edited the anthology GreenSpirit: Path to a New Consciousness (O Books, 2010) and is also co-editor of the GreenSpirit Magazine, a free-lance writer, book reviewer, columnist and blogger. http://www.marianvaneykmccain.com

LIFE ON THE ALLOTMENT
by Chris Holmes
Chris Holmes has been a member of GreenSpirit for 17 years, is a past Chair and a long-serving member of Council. He has spent the past two decades unlearning the effects of 30 years of working in the world’s stock markets. The original essay was first published in The GreenSpirit Journal in 2006.

HEALTHY PLANET – HEALTHY BEINGS.
by Sky McCain
Sky McCain, an American citizen living in Devon, is the author of Planet as Self: An Earthen Spirituality (Earth Books, 2011). He likes walking, playing the trombone in his local brass band, and visiting his favourite parts of southern Europe. Sky graduated from Boston College in the US and has an MA in Values in the Environment from Lancaster University, UK. He has also been involved in ‘green’ activism in the local community and was the co-founder of the Wholesome Food Association, an organization that champions local food.

THE GREEN GYM: GREEN EXERCISE AND GREEN FITNESS
by Chris Holmes

THE THIRD AWAKENING
by Marian Van Eyk McCain

PART THREE – WILDNESS

WILD GRACE: NATURE AS A SPIRITUAL PATH
by Eric Alan
This piece is excerpted, by permission, from Eric Alan’s book of photography and writing entitled Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path (White Cloud Press 2003.) As well as a photographer, author and blogger, Eric is the music, arts and culture host for National Public Radio affiliate KLCC in Eugene, Oregon. He lives in Cottage Grove, Oregon, USA.

REWILDING MYSELF
by Rachel Corby
Rachel is a plant whisperer, Nature dreamer, biophile. She is the author of three books: Rewild Yourself: Becoming Nature (CreateSpace, 2015) being the most recent. Rachel is a rewilding coach and runs workshops, retreats and 1-2-1 sessions on plant consciousness and Sacred Plant Medicine. She also leads a Sacred Ecology apprenticeship.  www.gatewaystoeden.com   

PART FOUR – RELATIONSHIP

NATURE – WHO WILL CONQUER IT?
by Nigel Lees
Nigel Lees was a scientific librarian for 20 years and is now an Interfaith Minister searching for spirit in the garden and beyond. He lives in Chepstow, Wales.

CHANCE ENCOUNTER
by Peter Quince

SILENT THUNDER. GENTLE MINDS
by Eleanor O’Hanlon
Eleanor O’Hanlon is an author and conservationist who has carried out field research for international conservation and wildlife groups. Her articles on wildlife, wilderness and animal behaviour have appeared in BBC Wildlife, Geo, Animan, the Dark Mountain Project and others. Her first book Eyes of the Wild Journeys of Transformation with the Animal Powers explores the ancient, shamanic understanding of animals as guides to the awakening of the soul in a series of journeys with whales, wolves, bears and wild horses. It was awarded the 2014 Nautilus Gold Book Award for Nature Writing. Eleanor is currently at work on a second book.

Bibliography and links for this chapter
Elephant Memories: Thirteen Years in the Life of an Elephant Family by Cynthia Moss (Fontana, 1989)
An African Love Story:Love, Life and Elephants by Daphne Sheldrick. (Viking, 2012)
Silent Thunder. In the Presence of Elephants by Katy Payne (Penguin, 1998)
The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony with Graham Spence. (Pan Macmillan, 2009)
Beyond Words. What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina. (Henry Holt, 2015)
Animal Wise. The Thoughts and Emotions of our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell (Old Street Publishing, 2013)
Elephants on the Edge:What Animals teach us about Humanity by Gay Bradshaw. (Yale University Press, 2012)
Elephant Don:The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse by Caitlin O’Connell (University of Chicago Press, 2013)
The Elephant’s Secret Sense: The Hidden Life of the Wild Herds of Africa by Caitlin
O’Connell (Free Press, 2011)
Ivory, Horn and Blood: Behind the Elephant and Rhinoceros Poaching Crises by Ronald Orenstein (Firefly, 2013)

Useful Websites
Contact EHRA to find more information about their volunteer programme in Namibia at www.desertelephant.org
Learn about Namibia’s desert elephants with Desert Elephant Conservation: a research programme that promotes the long-term conservation of Namibia’s desert elephant population through research, monitoring, and the sharing of knowledge by scientists Dr Laura M Brown and Dr Rob R Ramey. www.desertelephantconservation.org
The Elephant Listening Project by Katy Payne and others explores elephant
communication and the lives of forest elephants.
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/brp/elephant/index.html  
Follow the lives of Etosha elephants with Caitlin O’Connell at
http://elephantskinny.tumblr.com  

Eleanor O’Hanlon is an author and conservationist who has carried out field research for international conservation and wildlife groups. Her articles on wildlife, wilderness and animal behaviour have appeared in BBC Wildlife, Geo, Animan, the Dark Mountain Project and others. Her first book Eyes of the Wild Journeys of Transformation with the Animal Powers explores the ancient, shamanic understanding of animals as guides to the awakening of the soul in a series of journeys with whales, wolves, bears and wild horses. It was awarded the 2014 Nautilus Gold Book Award for Nature Writing. See: http://eyesofthewild.org/

Eleanor is currently at work on a second book.

To read the opening chapter of Eyes of the Wild and see video and photo of the desert elephants featured in this chapter go to her website www.OneLifeWildLife.com

CONCLUSION


FURTHER RESOURCES

1 comment:

  1. I loved reading this ebook - with 14 different authors there are many
    different perspectives and insights. One of the main points that the ebook makes is that green living can simply be a selfish desire to make one’s own circumstances better. Deep Green Living is about taking care of, and being in relationship with, the whole planet for its own sake. Paradoxically, this can lead to a more fruitful and fulfilled life.

    For me, the jewel in the crown is the article by Eleanor O’Hanlon. She writes with personal experience and insight about elephants in their native environment. More than this, she writes with a vivid and sometimes poetic style that captures my imagination and makes me feel present with the elephants.

    This ebook shows me that there are many walking on the path towards Deep Green Living and I feel encouraged to walk with them.

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