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 EARTH MAMA'S ECO-GLOSSARY:

 

 
    
 
    

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  biocentric — life-centered

biodiversity
— a word coined by E.O. Wilson to describe the biological diversity necessary to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

biosphere — the sphere or *layer* of living organisms on Earth.

biota — the flora and fauna of a region.

Cultural Creatives — identified groups of over 50 million U.S. consumers who make their purchasing decisions based on their values and concern for LOHAS issues. Named by Paul Ray, P.H.D. and Sherry Ruth Anderson, P.H.D.

Earth Charter — a document 10 years in the writing by people from over 100 nations, inspired by the 1992 Environment conference in Rio. See links

Earth Literacy — interdisciplinary learning that fosters the capacity to understand the world in order to promote sustainability of the planet as a habitat for life.

eco music — melody, harmony and rhythm combined to raise awareness of human connection to the Earth. Tunes that make you boogie for the planet! (also environmental music)

eco-spirituality — a spiritual practice that includes the Earth creation as a manifestation of God's presence in our lives.

ecozoic — (also eco-zoic) an era in which we will live in greater harmony with the Earth

Gaia hypothesis — The hypothesis that the Earth is similar to an organism and its component parts are integrated analogously to the cells and organs in a living body.

global warming — one of the greatest dangers to life on Earth. (also global climate change)

The Great Work — named by Fr. Thomas Berry, the physical and psychic work which must be done to move humans to a system of living in harmony with the Earth and all life, as a transition from the Cenozoic to the Ecozoic period.

green building — new or remodel construction in which principles of sustainability are applied to reduce the use of natural resources. (also, sustainable building) See www.USGBC.org and LEED certification.

habitat — the general place or environment in which a population lives.
Example: The natural habitat of margueritas is a Mexican restaurant.

LOHAS
— (LOHAS market) stands for “Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability.”

motivational — that which gets you up off your touschie and busy working for a sustainable future.

music therapy — the use of music to soothe, heal, and restore. We all need and deserve some! See Earth Mama's music.

preservation — pickling, canning and freezing the produce from your garden, OR saving our last remaining wild lands.

recycling — pedaling up that hill a second time!

renewable energy — power sources from solar, wind and other forms that do not consume extractive resources.

sacred ecology — acknowledging that all life, every habitat, each ecosystem emanates from the great holy source of all.

simple living — as an ancient Chinese proverb says, "He who knows he has enough is rich."

social justice — identifying and correcting the underlying structural and global causes of poverty, human rights violations and other social inequities. In researching this definition I learned that the government of India has a cabinet level Department of Social Justice and Empowerment!

sustainability — living in a manner that meets all of our needs without jeopardizing the needs of the future, leaving your children's children a decent place to live. (also sustainable lifestyles)

 
 
 




 


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  EARTH MAMA'S GLOSSARY : biocentric, biodiversity, biosphere, biota, Cultural Creatives, Earth Charter, Earth Literacy, eco music, eco-spirituality, ecozoic, Gaia hypothesis, global warming, The Great Work, green building, habitat, LOHAS, motivational, music therapy, preservation, recycling, renewable energy, sacred ecology, simple living, social justice, sustainability, sustainable lifestyle

 

 
 



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