Welcome...

The beauty and life of the desert - under siege Fellow great ape - threatened with extinction Mountain wilderness - suffering from the spread of human-produced toxins

I'm a writer with a conservation emphasis focusing on fundamental but generally 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 much more than 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.

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.

In an ongoing exploration of the roots of our ecological crisis and factors contributing to ecological benignity, I am currently researching "immediate-return" hunter-gatherer societies, the only way of subsistence to have endured for all of human history. In that undertaking, anthropology, conservation biology, and other disciplines provide essential insights, and conservation efforts are a natural interest. Though my previous environmental writing has appeared in the popular media, I have more recently been reacquainting myself with the scholarly writing process with the aim of attempting a few journal articles on relevant topics.

Here you can see a snapshot of my efforts so far to bring light to these subjects. See the articles list, or try the blog for material not published elsewhere.

For some of my earlier environmental writing see my old blog, Growth is Madness.

Feel free to contact me with questions or comments.

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.

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Image sources: Darren Shaw, Puddlepuff, and David Craig, on flickr.com, creative commons license