A Manifesto for the Solstice

The wonderful and amazing naturalist and teacher, Tom Fleischner, forwarded this blog post his students at Prescott College put together.  If you love nature and strive for a holistic, social-ecological worldview, you should know about Prescott.  Tom is the lead in Prescott’s Natural History Institute.

For my part, I am continually amazed by the people who have passed through there, like Gary Nabhan and Christopher Norment.

Here is the post from the next generation of wide eyed  and wise Prescott students, published today on NewClearVision.com

Anibal and I are also grateful for Tom Fleischner’s excellent lead contribution to Observation and Ecology.  Here is a sneak preview of his text box on natural history as the “taproot” of ecology.

As Tom wrote in an email today: “The world is not ending today–it’s just beginning.”

About Rafe

Rafe Sagarin is a marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst at the University of Arizona. In both his science and policy work, Sagarin connects basic observations of nature to issues of broad societal interest, including conservation biology, protecting public trust resources, and making responses to terrorism and other security threats more adaptable. Dr. Sagarin is a recipient of a 2011 Guggenheim Fellowship and has recently published two books, Learning from the Octopus (Basic Books, March 2012) and Observation and Ecology (Island Press, July 2012), which show how nature observation--when extended across large scales and enhanced with both new technologies and greater deference to traditional knowledge sources—is revealing profound new insights about our dynamic social and ecological world. He was a Geological Society of America Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative (and later U.S. Secretary of Labor) Hilda Solis. He has taught ecology and environmental policy at Duke University, California State University Monterey Bay, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Arizona. His research has appeared in Science, Nature, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Foreign Policy, Homeland Security Affairs and other leading journals, magazines, and newspapers. He is the editor, with Terence Taylor of the volume Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World (2008, University of California Press).
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