As scholar of what he terms “dark green religion,” Professor Bron Taylor of the University of Florida [ http://www.brontaylor.com ] has pointed out, although neither the term anthropocentrism nor biocentrism had been coined, John Muir clearly had contempt for the former and affinity with the latter. Read an essay Dr. Taylor put together summarizing and extensively quoting from Muir's writings decrying anthropocentrism here:
Since 1975, the Universal Pantheist Society has had as part of its statement of purpose: " to stimulate a revision of social attitudes away from anthropocentrism and toward reverence for the Earth and a vision of the ultimate context for human existence, and to take appropriate action toward the protection and restoration of the Earth." Among the "Key Ideas" on our website is this essay criticizing anthropocentrism by Australian Rainforest Activist John Seed: "http://www.pantheist.net/anthopocentrism-by-john-seed.html
So we were delighted to discover a new online journal, The Ecological Citizen, which makes a direct attack against anthropocentrism, with the tagline, "confronting human supremacy in defence of the Earth."
The Ecological Citizen is an independent, peer-reviewed, free-to-access journal that provides a forum for inspiring and mobilizing discussion with an Earth-centred perspective. They list five goals:
1 To advance ecological knowledge
2 To champion Earth-centred action
3 To inspire ecocentric citizenship
4 To promote ecocentrism in political debates
5 To nurture an ecocentric lexicon
Their site gives a definition of anthropocentrism congruent with our own view.
Check them out!
Friday May 21, 2021 is Endangered Species Day!
Learn about threatened and endangered species and how you can help them.
Because of the pandemic, most events and activities, including a K through 12 art contest, will be held online. Learn more at:
April 3 is World Aquatic Animal Day. he first World Aquatic Animal Day was started last year by the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative at Lewis & Clark Law School to raise global awareness about aquatic animals.This year’s theme is “The Impact of Human Activities on Aquatic Animals.”
Members now are receiving the Spring 2021 issue of Pantheist Vision. Members can receive either the print edition or the digital edition for the annual membership dues rate of $25/yr. Check it out!
In This Issue
Gardening for Your Ecosystem
New Membership Dues and Outreach
Pantheist Celebrations for Spring
What Pantheism Means to Me
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"I believe the world is incomprehensibly beautiful -- an endless prospect of magic and wonder." (Ansel Adams)
(photograph by S. Wells)
From the current issue of Pantheist Vision, we read about this famous landscape photographer, born this day in 1902 in San Francisco. He "believed in the sanctity of Nature. He raised photography to the status of fine art and used his photographs in efforts to preserve wilderness and protect the planet. Adams wrote, "I knew my destiny when I first experienced Yosemite" -- at the age of 14, on a vacation with his family. "
From Pantheist Vision, we read:
Join the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on Wetlands, called the Ramsar Convention. This year's theme is "wetlands and water" -- healthy wetlands have a rich natural diversity of life that maintains and improves water quality.
Discover activities worldwide at https://www.worldwetlandsday.org.
(photo by Gary Kramer/USFWS)
It's a new month as we welcome February and the cool things it brings to the night sky...the Pleiades (the Seven Sisters), planets, the Snow Moon, and more. There's so much beauty to see when we remember to look up, even with the naked eye -- you don't have to have a telescope to appreciate the awesomeness of Nature's nights above us. Just click on the picture below for more details.
Celebrate the birthday of author/essayist/environmentalist Edward Abbey (January 29, 1927 -- March 14, 1989). His "works, set primarily in the southwestern United States, reflect an uncompromising environmentalist philosophy" (from Britannica.com).
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