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 "delayed-return" subsistence, which laid the groundwork for agriculture and the resulting growth of the human enterprise, or linked ecological issues as immediate as global warming and habitat destruction, it's clear we're progressively damaging Earth's life support systems. By its very nature it seems civilization is surviving on borrowed time.

Perhaps taking as our model the lifeway of pure hunting and gathering, the only way of subsistence to have endured for all of human history, can point us toward the surest path to ecological benignity. In that light, anthropology, conservation biology, and other disciplines provide essential insights, and conservation efforts take on a special importance.

Here you can see a snapshot of my efforts to bring light to these topics. See the articles list, or try the blog for material not published elsewhere. Several posts are followed by updates with recent findings. (e.g., see here.)

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.


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