Continuums allow us to map where we have been, where we are currently located and where we are heading. On the Shades of Green continuum, I locate anthropocentric and ecocentric philosophies in five clusters distinguished by the value placed on relationality with nature: Utilitarianism, Conservationism, Green Ecology, Organicism and Regeneration. Increasing depth of empathy, unity and connectedness to place characterize ecocentric philosophies. Philosophies about nature inform our environmental ethics, environmental adult education, eco-activism and our lifeways; therefore, they are highly relevant to our response to the crisis of climate change. Our response to climate change is symptomatic of deep failures in our way of thinking, being and living. The purpose of this study is to catalyze new ways of thinking about nature, about ourselves as nature and about planet earth as home.
Director at Learning Change Project – Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
Giorgio Bertini does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from these papers, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.
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