we don't need to change how we do conservation, we need to change why we do it

Ken Christenson

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The Journey – Part 4

Thurs. July 26/07 Ageless and TirelessThe heat drains.The cold braces.Our bodies know what to do. In what distant placesAnd what special climes,Over what vast timesHave they learned this?The knowing bodyThat rises each morningAnd sleeps every nightIs agelessAnd tireless. Let’s take a closer look at this verse that comes at the end of ‘The Journey – Part 3’. …

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The Journey – Part 3

Thus, when you practice just sitting and continuously give up all thoughts and views, the way becomes more and more intimate. So attaining the way means attaining it completely with the whole body. With this awareness you should sit wholeheartedly. — Eihei Dogen In the last two posts I argued that, if ‘Love of Nature’ …

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The Journey – Part 2

Tues. June 12/07 ‘Cookie Time’ with DanielFeeling grumpy today. The dog is the only one Who’ll listen to me. He knows I feed him By personal, Not public, Contract. It’s not just the loyalty, But the lawlessness of it That we love In a dog. In the last post I suggested, as a remedy for …

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The Journey – Part 1

If it is true, as many of us believe in our hearts, that only a stronger Love of Nature can guide us out of the extractivist nightmare we find ourselves in today; and if it is also true, as indigenous cultures and this website take for granted, that our human relationship to the Natural world …

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One Time: No Future Without Understanding the Deep Past as a Visceral Present

“I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection, in order to mark its relation to man’s power of selection. We have seen that man by selection can certainly produce great results, and can adapt organic beings to his own uses, through the accumulation …

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One From the Start

Sun. July 8/07    A Christmas message from a Buddhadharma practitioner. At this time, when the sun is returning after deepening darkness, we are being invited to reach into our own silent depths, and here to find the embers of sharing and love. We are invited to find and nurture them, that they might contribute to …

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Mi’kmaw Fishery Isn’t a Threat to Conservation, Say Scientists

Here is what you need to know about the lobster fisheries issue currently playing out in Nova Scotia: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/local-perspectives/megan-bailey-mikmaw-fishery-isnt-a-threat-to-conservation-say-scientists-511572/? My personal position is this: Although what I have been calling “The Extremophile Choice” would ultimately phase our ALL human dependence on wild species for a livelihood, in favour of hi-tech, maximally non-invasive farming, this is …

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The Unseen Unseeing Buddhanature: Population Evo-Ecology

At the end of a meditation session, practitioners will often formally repeat something like, “May all beings live in harmony and be free from harm.” But what does this ‘metta phrase’ actually mean, coming from the one being who is free of the harmony of beings eating each other? In a time of species die-back …

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Our Ecologically Strange Situation: we alone are the progressive inventors of behaving extensions.

I don’t know why I have been avoiding this technical underpinning to the Extremophile Choice hypothesis in this blog. But here it is. Perhaps, for the evo-eco geeks anyway, it will help make better sense of it all. On the importance of structure vs function from Darwin, Dogen, and the Extremophile Choice: fifty short essays on what it means to be human …

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Extreme Times

Extreme temperatures in the Arctic. Extreme flooding in Bangladesh. Extreme wildfires in Australia and in California. Extremely low water-tables in Syria and in California. Extreme rates of glacier melting. And, most alarming for biologists, extreme rates of species extinction and ecosystem collapse. All caused by human activity over the years. It is becoming more and …

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