In 1995, naturalists re-introduced wolves into Yellowstone National Park, after a 70 year absence. The most remarkable “trophic cascade” occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains.
We found this film through a post by Candice on the Facebook page for The Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32. We asked Candice’s permission to repost with her words alongside (thanks Candice):-
‘For our eco-psychologists . . . well, really for all of us.
This is so beautiful and inspiring, but I want to add a few thoughts . . . nobody knew what would happen when wolves were re-introduced back into the park. Ecologists just suspected that this needed to happen. The results were more far reaching than predicted.
As investors in industrial, technological, and communications revolutions, we did not anticipate the life-threatening consequences of our industries. We tried to improve lives (and of course, make money), yet did this at the expense of nature, and nature will always win, including extinguishing human beings if we are too destructive. Life may be over for us, but not for many other life forms.
As a researcher, if there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that when we introduce a condition that we believe will be for the better, the results that we discover are often times far more than we’d anticipated and point to many, many wonderful solutions to our everyday problems.
We are in the middle of a horrible global crisis that scientists say is threatening life as we know it, and I’ll admit that I care the most about my own species, but I also realize that my own species relies on the natural, organic wisdom of the earth and the care of all other species. There are a lot of people out there who want to deny this and minimize this, and there are also a lot of people who say that we are beyond repair and doomed.
After watching this video, what I have come to believe is that if we sustain hope in the unknown consequences of GOOD actions . . . if we CHANGE our own behavior, those changes will likely have far reaching consequences for the better and can save the human race and the entire global, inter-species population as we know it. I believe that there is good that even the scientists cannot predict yet, because a good scientist knows that they will likely discover the un-anticipated.
The thing is, we have to make those changes in the spirit of altruism and we have to do it together.’
Candice Anne Hershman
Like Candice, we have faith in ‘the unknown consequences of good actions’, on an individual, personal scale, relationally, ecologically, culturally, globally. That our task is (and is only) to keep walking the path in love, no matter how dark things get at times – and if we can do that, somehow it will be okay, magic will unfold, miracles will happen.
The wolves help show us that. In Native American tradition, an element of wolf medicine is wolf as path-finder, showing the way.
Here is the link to Candice’s post:-
and some more links:-
Visit http://sustainableman.org/ to explore the world of sustainability.
For more from George Monbiot, visit http://www.monbiot.com/ and for more on “rewilding” visit http://bit.ly/1hKGemK and/or check out George Monbiot’s book Feral: rewilding the land, the sea and human life: http://amzn.to/1fjgirx
Here’s George Monbiot’s whole TED talk – it’s fascinating:-
Here’s Wiki on James Lovelock (Gaia Theory, about the earth as a self-regulating system):-
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