The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature
In the ten years since The Sacred Balance was first published, global warming has become a major issue as glaciers and polar ice caps have begun to melt at an alarming rate, populations of polar bears have dwindled, the intensity of hurricanes and tsunamis has drastically increased, coral bleaching is occurring globally, and the earth has experienced its hottest years in over four centuries. In this new and extensively revised and amplified edition of his best-selling book, David Suzuki reflects on these changes and examines what they mean for our place in the world.
The basic message of this seminal, best-selling work remains the same: We are creatures of the earth, and as such, we are utterly dependent on its gifts of air, water, soil, and the energy of the sun. These elements are not just external factors; we take them into our bodies, where they are incorporated into our very essence. What replenishes the air, water, and soil and captures sunlight to vitalize the biosphere is the diverse web of all beings. The recently completed human genome project has revealed that all species are our biological kin, related to us through our evolutionary history. And it appears that our need for their company is programmed into our genome.
The cataclysmic events of the last decade require that we rethink our behaviour and find a new way to live in balance with our surroundings. This book offers just such a new direction for us all.
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E. O. Wilson, author of The Diversity of Life, said of this book, "(It) is the most complete expression to date of an environmental ethic from one of the world's leading conservation writers ... Read full review
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An acclaimed geneticist artfully explains the diverse web of life, our kinship with other species, and the crucial need of our time to make Nature the ultimate concern of society at large and for our ... Read full review
Born of the Earth
2 The Breath of All Green Things
3 The Oceans Flowing Through Our Veins
4 Made From the Soil
5 The Divine Fire
6 Protected By Our Skin
7 The Law of Love
8 Sacred Matter
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The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, Updated and Expanded
Limited preview - 2007