Co-Evolving With The Natural World
- Recognize that cultural and natural environments are co-evolving
- Promote regenerative development
- Respect nature as an extension of ethics (The Land Ethic, Aldo Leopold)
- Think past the property lines
As modern people we recognize that we have lost our connection to the natural world, yet there is a wide diversity of opinions as to the possible reasons and solutions. At one end of the spectrum we are told that the world would be better off without the meddling presence of humans, on the other, we are told that mankind’s duty is to dominate the earth for its own benefit. Both extremes propose a severe kind of separation, a fragmentation that offers no construct where humanity and the natural world are seen as co-evolving. The complete and utter interdependence of humankind and the living earth, as is obvious in a wholeness-based world view, is lost on world views with power and competition as their modus operandi.
Aldo Leopold, long a proponent of a wholeness-based view of nature, has repeatedly and eloquently called for the extension of ethics to include the biotic community. His writing makes clear the need for an ethical commitment to undergird a sustainable effort to resolve our impending ecological disasters. John T. Lyle, the father of regenerative design, has written extensively on the need to see humans, natural processes and technology as three aspects of an integrated whole. The John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona argues that “the development of regenerative systems is the most promising method for ensuring a sustainable future – not merely conserving critical natural resources, but even enhancing them over time.”