I'm an independent researcher and writer with a conservation emphasis exploring fundamental but frequently unrecognized ecological issues.
Headlines distract us with other concerns, but there is little question our destructive impact on the web of life, more than any other event or issue, will be civilization's legacy. Confronting this reality is today our most important challenge.
It's not just climate change. If we hope to mitigate the ongoing environmental crisis we must face such topics as the sixth mass extinction event in Earth's history and drivers such as the extreme overshoot of the human population.
That said, as a result of the 2016 US presidential election we are faced with the risk of rolling back commitments to combat climate change.
Looking more deeply, it's time we recognize the destruction of life inherent in the working of civilization. Whether we consider civilization's foundation in subsistence strategies linked with the growth of the human enterprise, or interacting ecological issues as immediate as global warming and habitat destruction, it's clear we're progressively damaging Earth's life support systems.
Though my formal training is in psychology, ecological interests have necessitated an interdisciplinary approach. In an ongoing exploration of the roots of our ecological crisis and factors contributing to ecological benignity, I am currently researching factors surrounding the distinction between immediate-return and delayed-return hunter-gatherer societies, the former representing the only way of subsistence to have endured for all of human history. In that undertaking, anthropology, ecology, and other disciplines provide essential insights, and conservation efforts are a natural interest. My previous environmental writing has appeared in the popular media. More recently, however, I have been reacquainting myself with the scholarly writing process, aiming toward a few journal articles on relevant topics.
For some of my earlier environmental writing see my old blog, Growth is Madness.
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Thanks for stopping by!
-- John Feeney
It is essential to see the profound peril in continued flagrant misperception of the very nature of the human situation. -- William R. Catton, Jr.