I have created this journal/blog to provide a forum for the conversation that has taken shape in response to the theory of values that underlay the reflections on ecological restoration I outlined in The Sunflower Forest.
These ideas challenge widely held ideas about nature and relationships at a fundamental level. But they also offer what we see as positive, practical alternatives to these ideas, and a number of us believe that they have important implications not only for environmental thinking but also for conservation practice.
And they provide an opportunity, valuable in itself, for a productive conversation and serious collaboration between land managers and a wide range of disciplines from the environmental sciences to psychology, anthropology, philosophy, environmental history and the arts.
We will be exploring ideas, but always in the context of the work–and play–of actually inhabiting an ecosystem.
If you are concerned about the environment and, beyond that, concerned that, despite their diversity of thinking, aims and means, our various environmentalisms not only don’t seem to be solving our environmental problems, but may lack the conceptual means to do so, you might want to consider joining this conversation.
We aim to post new items at least once a month, on the last Thursday of the month, but probably more often. If you’d like to receive notices of new posts, see below to subscribe to our e-newsletter.
We look forward to your participation in this conversation.
Bill Jordan III, Editor