Non-human? I have come to despise that we treat all other species in the negative and in comparison to our own species with such overt exceptionalism. At the same time, I do not wish any new word to accentuate separateness. I’ve worked on this for a while now.
Tere ~ Proto-Indo-European root meaning cross over, pass through, overcome.
Sapien ~ Latin meaning discerning, wise, judicious.
By the ‘wisdom’ of the biosphere, we Homo sapiens have many other species to live up to.
Healthy teresapien systems = their wellbeing = our wellbeing. Let evolved processes happen. We are ecological consumers not producers. … Read more
Nature reclaims local stone quarries, Westhope, Herefordshire. Photos by me.
Loca ~ place (latin). Cede ~ to yield, give up.
To locacede ~ to withdraw from a place, to directly decolonise humans from an ecological system.
To withdraw oneself or a dominant human community voluntarily from a floloca, thereby allowing non-human processes to reclaim. To do so is based on the best information possible and by NO force or coercion, instead with fluministic love. It is a symbioethic.
This is intended to replace the language of decolonization in ‘environmental’ ethics, thereby leaving that to remain clearly in the domain of colonialism with respect to human political and cultural ’empire.’ … Read more
It’s enough to realise just how much money oil companies globally have made over this last couple of years, leave alone centuries, and have, generally, not equitably distributed it.
First, they facilitated climate change by producing and marketing the fossil fuels that were burned by industry, transport and buildings to release green house gases. Then they discovered the global damage and ongoing crises they were creating, and covered it up. Then they continued lobbying for species damaging drilling rights, subsidies stolen from the poor, and anti-competitive price rigging. Coups and wars have been instigated over oil.
But then there are other oil-based and oil-fuelled products developed such as pesticides, fertilizers, plastics, internal combustion engines (cars), roads and guns (yes, guns). … Read more
Weid ~ to see, as in to know (PIE). Witan – wit, wise, wisdom (Old English).
Legh ~ pronounced lay – lie down (PIE). Root of lazy. Root of law.
Witanslay ~ a wise laziness.
A necessity sometimes, for the ones who seek a new era of Earth integrated and symbiotic life ~ to be less busy, less anxious to compete, to burn less fuel, to stay local, to use fewer resources, to tread less heavily, to take up less space, to notice, to enjoy quiet, to enjoy the small things, to relish close companionship, to be happier in the moment, to share closely, to create beauty in the immediate (space/time), to allow succession, and to feel symnexia. … Read more
I have been thinking of Earth Crisis, the sixth extinction and futures.
Paleontology proves such catastrophic shifts in abundance and diversity of life have happened before, and more quickly than one might imagine.
This time, the trajectories of evolution ahead of us, or the new biogenics of Earth systems, have been irreparably skewed or deviated by anthropogenic activity. Even an ice-age predicted by Milankovitch cycles has been prevented. The bitter truth is that, for a long while, certainly since the Rio summit of 1992, these harms have been a conscious effort ~ the first time in Earth’s history. … Read more
“Cease being intimidated by the argument that a right action is impossible because it does not yield maximum profits, or that a wrong action is to be condoned because it pays.” Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
So much fury is coming our way, those of us who bear the burden of understanding extreme capitalism, and the vast global inequity it perpetuates, is fuelling Earth Crisis. The more we shine the light, the more profound the insecurity of those who benefit from it. From the alt-right to the eco-modernists, we are the object of increasing anger. … Read more
Green Space: Light which has a dominant wavelength of roughly 495–570 nm permeating a void. How could such a phrase be used so frequently, so poorly, to represent complex places of varied natural living process?
The universe is full of space. If life-relations are broken-dead, then all you have is space.
Such banality fails to articulate the interconnectedness of life, fails to inspire us to engage and participate in the power of interconnected living systems, anywhere.
It’s OK to be less generalist when talking about public places. Ornamental “parks” and “gardens” are where humans curate all, but when it comes to free and wild processes, be distinct, honour them with a name. … Read more
Indigenous. The word is powerful, there is no doubt ~ a descriptive adjective that evokes strong concepts of ancestral roots, cultural and historic sensitivities as well as endemic ties to place, species and habitats. It represents ancient peoples who, more often than not, have been usurped in the image of a European trail wagon, tallship, or CAT 60 Tractor. The problem continues.
Globalised capitalist markets persist in nothing short of gargantuan theft. The people who constitute these markets use false utilitarian arguments (supply for the greater good), in trying to justify fossil fuel extraction, deforestation, damming, and other planet-wrecking pursuits for profit. … Read more