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Humans, Animals, and the Environment

Pygmi-Chimp“[Animals] are not bretheren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time.”

Henry Beston, Autumn, Ocean, and Birds, The Outermost House, 1928

Bonds between humans and nature have always been recognized by both science and religion. The original state of innocence proposed by revealed religion was in a garden, the Garden of Eden, and a good man was assigned to build an ark and save nature, God’s Creation, when God flooded the earth.

The evidence of evolution and anthropology is that humans always depended on intimate connections with plants, animals, and the heavens to feed and shelter themselves and find their way. The evidence from ecology and geophysics is that the biosphere that sustains human life is a delicate skin over the planet that it has been damaged and is alarmingly in need of attention and tending by the humans whose domination of the planet has challenged its integrity.

CENSHARE seeks to promote the scientific study and public awareness of deep and significant bonds between humanity and all of nature—plants, animals, forests, oceans, and global ecosystems.

There are so many questions to be explored. . . . Continue reading