Bhewtics ~ nature mentors

Me and my gal. I hope I have been a good bhewtic for her.

 

Quite astonishingly, we don’t have a special word in English for those who would mentor others in studying nature, in finding connections with nature, and in being part of nature.

I want to be able to give credence to those who would do such work. In finding the word, I am simply going back to our roots: to the Proto Indo-European language and keeping it simple.

Bhewtis ~  nature.

With the suffix “ic,” meaning pertaining to, as in the word “medic” which means pertaining to heal.

Bhewtic – pertaining to be of nature. A medic heals. A bhewtic mentors one in and of nature. A high calling.  It sounds rather beautiful too, don’t you think?

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Anthropomode

Cardiff Bay Sluice Gates. Photo by me.

 

The Anthropocentric mode of being. Norm of the Anthropocene. A problem.

Anthropo, of the human. Mode from modus “measure, extent, quantity; proper measure, rhythm, song; a way, manner, fashion, style” (in Late Latin also “mood” in grammar and logic), from PIE root *med- “take appropriate measures.”

Business-as-usual.

Tethering any potential vitanance of ecosystems to an ill-ecological disunion or dominion of human behaviour ~ mistake.

Economies, law and other human modes of existence are not fully diverse, inclusive and based on ecologism.


 

Ecolartia (eco-l-art-ia)

Riverbank ~ image by me, entered into the New York International Photo Competition 2012

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Anthropivot/al

Yellow Shell moth: Camptogramma bilineata, on my finger. Photo by me.

 

Human moments in time/space where great change could arise, good or bad, especially in relation to problems of the Anthropocene.

Anthrop from Greek anthrōpos “man; human being”

Pivot/al, a thing, act, or being of critical importance  to the development or success of that thing, act, or being, or something else.

Anthropivotal.

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Symbioethics.

Wye at Hay, firesmoke and St Mary’s Church tower. Photo by me.

For clarity, just in case people don’t understand this word I now use instead of Environmental Ethics in the field of Philosophy.

I contend there is no such thing as an external ‘environment’, based on new/ancient understanding of the interconnectivity of all, within and without. We are symlings among symlings, inhaling, ingesting, excreting, respiring, transpiring what is without and within. All is flow in the nagorasphere.

In a sense, environmentalism never truly reflected reality, and so was always going to fail in the long run. Evidence abounds.

Sym ~ assimilated from Greek form of syn- word element meaning “together with, jointly; alike; at the same time;” from PIE (proto-indo-european) ksun or sm meaning “together”.

Bio ~ from Greek bios “one’s life, course or way of living,” from PIE root *gwei- “to live.”

Ethics ~ from Latin ethica, from Greek ēthike philosophia “moral philosophy.”

Symbioethics 

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Averimania ~ think bioregionally!

A for average, in nature, is rare! Photo by me.

 

The word average has an interesting etymology. It originally seems to have been derived from an Arabic word, ‘awariya, ” meaning damaged merchandise.

Since the Middle Ages, the shipping and insurance industries adopted the term, I guess due to the high risks of damage from voyages on the high seas.  If a ship were in trouble, and cargo, or ships masts, or other material goods, perhaps even crew or living cargo (human or not),  were thrown overboard in order to save the vessel, then losses were calculated by producing a mean ‘cost’ for each claimant for Insurance purposes.

Italian avaria and French avarie meant “damage to ship.”

Later, during the 18th Century Georgian or Enlightenment era, the word evolved into the general mathematical term we recognize today.

Climate policy is dominated by the science and maths of global averages. We are all attuned to hearing mentions of the 1.5 to 5 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial averages. 

As Dr Peter Scott, Head Climate Monitoring and Attribution at the Met Office writes,

“To understand changes and variations in our climate, it is essential to know how the surface temperature changes – from month to month, up to decade to decade. Global-average temperature records provide this vital information. From these records we can see how warm specific months, years, or decades are, and we can discern trends in our climate over longer periods of time. Global records go back about 160 years, giving a long period from which to draw conclusions about how our climate is changing.” (Met Office website)

We live in one biosphere, yes. Global averages are extremely critical, of course, for a global overview. But I contend this is now an ethical problem because regional variation in outcomes is real. Global average obsession must be reigned in. Averaging is damaging.

It does not relay the real story of what is happening in terms of human equity or volatility, and at the higher ranges or peaks of temperature. Nor does any other kind of global average; precipitation, ocean warming,  drought, for example.

The differences in regional water availability, (living) biomass and ecosystem function, migratory capacity, and human access to energy for cooling technology vary, sometimes drastically, from place to place. To sideline all these variations will be affecting lives directly, both Homo sapien and Tere sapien. We are reaching the point of moral injury, quite frankly, if these lives are devalued by the process of concentrating on global averages in the public sphere.

Bioregionalism matters!

I suggest the scientists and communicators, particularly those living in the relative safety of the northern hemisphere (though that is also changing), recognize the shortcomings of constantly emphasizing global averages to persuade populations and policymakers ~ it has become an averimania!

Instead, we should be discussing localized impacts, especially given economic disparity. It might even lead to those disparities being properly addressed and a new kind of fair politics going forwards into increasingly uncertain times.

Along with preventing emissions, there is an absolute duty to plan for extremes, mass movements, and potential conflicts. Because these are where life is most at risk, and since all things are interconnected, the risks are compounded by multiple and cumulative breakdowns in life-flow.

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I was fortunate to be sent the following from my Twitter friend Verónica Ansaldo, who is from Chile, in response to this blog. I attach it here, with her kind consent; a brilliant quote, and I’m grateful.

 

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Spennowan, more spider than spiderman.

Spider and silk, photo by me.

Spiders intrigue me.

There are more than 48,000 species of them around the globe, some yet undiscovered by humans, and all of them, bar one that we know of, are predators. They are hugely diverse, reflect all spectrums of light, and are individually character-full.

I am being lured into their web of life.

Araneae are air-breathing invertebrates, with eight legs, fangs to inject venom, and spinnerets that extrude silk. Silk is a protein fibre, and used to create food traps, nests, egg coverings, and air transport systems. Imagine if we, through our own bodily secretions, could produce all these things: fishing lines, bed linen, baby blankets, and parachutes. There are at least 7 types of silk-making glands, and all spiders have at least three. Some silks are stronger than steel for their weight. Spiders are an essential group of living beings (predators are essential), who may live deep in caves we humans will never visit, and float as high as the clouds when ballooning across continents. They have their own microbial symbioses, most of which we still have little idea. Some spiders are crucial for distributing fungal spores. In rainforests all around Earth, some larger spiders rely on narrow-mouthed frog species for survival, and in utter reciprocity.

They can fish, fly, cave and row. The largest family jump. Some can sing, dance, and vibrate.

The diving bell spiders live in bubbles underwater for most of their lives.

My booted foot was once challenged, briefly, by a female Sydney funnel-web spider, the males being the most venomous in the world, and, in my view, both most fearfully angry. And unforgettable.

But the vast majority of spiders are harmless to humans. Most are solitary, though some are social. Some females cannibalize their male mates. Some males offer gifts in the hope of sparing their own lives. Some even fake them. Some mothers offer up their own dead bodies as food for their offspring.

Spiders have been evolving for some 300 million years, and are powerful, intricate and exquisitely adapted. Their relevant-stimuli (emotional responses to you and I) are basic, understudied, yet apparent. And they do feel pain.

I want to credit these rainbow warriors with a special kind of wisdom. Spider Wisdom, more spider than Spiderman. To have such wisdom is to be fiercely beautiful amongst all other life ~ to be spennowan.

I offer this to all fellow humans right now.

(S)pen – PIE root to draw, stretch, spin

Gnowos – PIE root wise, to know.

Spennowan.

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Hubrigenesis ~ the evolutionary aftermath of the biospheric violence of the Anthropocene.

Plastic in wetland habitat, photo by me.

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. 

Very little has been done by way of prevention, as most are carried out in the name of economic growth and personal freedoms (as if totally justifiable). Further, there have been deliberate cover-ups of scientific data, campaigns to confuse and obfuscate, and huge amounts of capital spent to edify the unconscionable.

Knowingly harmful acts, both individually and cumulatively, continue to  recalibrate an uncharted evolutionary/biogenic trajectory.

 

Hubris (latin) ~ wanton violence, insolence towards the gods.

Genesis (latin) – from PIE ǵenh ~ to produce, beget, give birth.

 

Hubrigenesis ~ the evolutionary aftermath of the biospheric violence of the Anthropocene.

Any continuation of the violence actively contributes to the hubrigenesis. 

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For the love of Planet Valens, my Neologisms

I pass these words on in the spirit of Spring Theory, hoping they live long and fruitful lives.

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River of Love in the Desert. Photo by me.

Avumbra ~ brief shadow cast upon oneself by a bird flying in the path of the sun.

Auranima ~ sun shines on glossy leaves, wet pebbles or corvid feathers, turning them ‘white’.

Cavignus ~ flickering sunlight deep in a natural hollow.

Corsindolorn ~ perceiving nature whilst free of worry/heartache, since all appears well.

Cortiform ~ all the variable characteristic features of bark.

Cupilustria ~ yearning for the wild.

Esranebulous ~ uncanny light produced by the carbon atoms from the deaths of living forests. The Ghostlight of the Anthropocene.

Floloca ~ perceiving ‘place as flowing’, not simply as human, but conscious imagination along the dynamic matrix of life and death, and at a spectrum of scales.

Fluminism ~ the interconnected narrative of universe, there is flow to and from all dimensions, including ones we are yet to understand. The complexity is endless, the minutiae beautiful. A powerful form of love.

Fluminist ~ a living being whose compassionate actions contribute to continuation of dynamic flows of interconnectedness, to nurture them and to protect them towards a mutual end, whereby all life has opportunity to flourish, rather than to harm or prevent. A powerful form of love.

Fluminophilia/iac ~ the love of rivers, a river loving person.

Hubrigenesis ~ the evolutionary aftermath of the biospheric violence of the Anthropocene.

Humammal ~ humans as ‘animal’.

Kinnage ~ a new kind of human/non-human community living. Where nature and fluminism is paramount, ourselves being just a part of the whole.

Kinnaria ~ wild places in and around cities, urban areas and kinnages. To replace ‘Green Space,’ with awildian love and meaning.

Nagorasphere ~ the phenomenon of ‘exchange’ in nature, as a significant part of the biosphere.

Patientism ~ realisation that accute ardean (heron-like) potential is within us all, primed for imagining the moment of exquisite action in the flow of all life.

Praximund  ~ the deepest possible respect for natural processes, and a fundamental requisite of fluministic action.

Rockle ~ the sound of beach rocks drawn seaward by the backrush of waves.

Sanguimund ~ seeing nature as community, affecting the viscera, and another fundamental requisite of fluministic action.

Spring Theory ~ when a neologism is created it is passed on. It evolves, by memory and in feeling from being to being. Before long, it is realised and lived.

Summimbers ~ curtains of rain seen at a distance.

Symling/s ~ colloquial name for holobiont/s

Transilience Gap ~ biodiversity declines and climate changes may require more radical solutions before many people are ‘ready’ to take the risk. There is a gap or a deficit.

Tweavelet ~ small leaf bundle snagged around a twig, in and around rivers.

Tweeterie ~ philosophy by tweet thread.

Valens (Planet) ~ a re-naming of our planet, to promote love as fundamental to life-process (fluminism).

Vitanance ~ being right in itself, stemming from diversity, proliferation and of the complexity of all life. As opposed to human dominion being wrong.

Wrenly ~ the joyous resilience of a tiny (river) bird. One can also be ‘wrenly.’

Xenotrauma ~ specific new and heinous form of human anguish inflicted by those prejudiced against foreigners, xenophobes who despise and fear desperate people fleeing desperate situations. Particularly profound at hard, international borders.

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