The Ecosystems Revolution by Mark Everard

By Mark Everard

This ebook explores humanity’s dating with the flora and fauna all through evolutionary background, and the necessity to reorient this onto a symbiotic foundation. It integrates the topics of typical and synthetic choice, the features of old ‘revolutions’, and directed as opposed to random switch. Inspiring community-based initiatives, commonly from the constructing global, convey how environment regeneration uplifts human livelihoods in a absolutely reinforcing cycle, embodying classes germane to co-creating a Symbiocene period in which humanity’s monstrous impact (the Anthropocene) achieves expanding symbiosis with the average tactics shaping the previous Holocene epoch. The Ecosystems Revolution provides useful, optimistic examples, highlighting the attainability of an ‘ecosystems revolution’.

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A more directed revolution is required in human development, rather than reliance on fortuitous innovations, guided by a broader framework of principles more closely aligned to the complexity of the natural world. Conceptions of sustainable development implicitly assuming stationarity are challenged, as the pace of ecosystem declines and burgeoning of human numbers demands a concerted approach to rebuilding degraded ecosystem capacity and resilience. Keywords Natural selection • Artificial selection • Choice • Foresight • Directed and undirected change • Backcasting A central building block of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution was comparison of artificial selection of favourable traits in domesticated species, particularly varieties of pigeon, with selection by natural processes.

What we are lacking is proportionate shifts in ‘real world’ practice. So how do we convert bold rhetoric into tangible progress? WRITING TOMORROW’S HISTORY Back in the early 2000s, I was somewhat unwillingly thrust into a job in a UK statutory environmental agency as one of the first ‘horizon scanners’ in Government, essentially looking for emerging issues that might have environmental ramifications. Being alert to emerging challenges is important, although I found the process fraught with difficulties.

He interrupted his tour, walked over to the man, and said, ‘Hi, I’m Jack Kennedy. ’ In response, the Janitor is said to have replied, ‘Well, Mr President, I’m helping put a man on the moon’. Whether a true account or not, the tale does exemplify a team ethos within which everyone, from the Director through to the technicians and right down to the janitor understood the importance of their contribution to achievement of a goal that demanded substantial collective ambition, innovation and action if it was to be achieved.

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