These and so many other scenes have impressed upon me the value of diversity. Life manifests in a multitude of ways. We need this diversity. Diversity brings stability. Ecological and cultural diversity go hand in hand. We need both. And economic diversity. Diversity is healthy.
As we erode ecological diversity, not only do we lose beautiful examples of what life can be, but we also endanger the foundation of relationships that support us. I would wager that ecological, cultural, and economic diversity are interconnected. A loss of economic diversity appears correlated with losses in these other spheres. All of these spheres speak of the integrity of our relationships, or lack thereof.
At this point, most of us know a great deal about what is going wrong environmentally. Increasingly, people are talking about loss
. Extreme weather events have us talking about climate change. This is familiar territory. We know that our modern ways of living are hurting the planet, but most of us struggle with the problem of what to do about it.
Economic priorities tend to cloud our moral compunction. I am guilty of this, too. Earlier in my life, I saw environmental work as integral to my self-identity, but in getting my PhD and discovering how difficult the job market has become, I had to adjust my expectations. This blog is an effort to bring my moral compass back to pointing true North.