“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” ~John Muir
Mr. Muir eloquently puts into words what I hope to instill into the minds of our afflicted, conflicted, and misunderstanding friends on this planet. The purpose of this blog is to convey stewardship of our intricately intertwined Earth and its resources. Every action is not without consequence; inaction is not without consequence either. Our decisions to alter the natural construct always has immediate and long-term, foreseen and unpredictable costs and benefits.
Quite literally, when I pick out a tree root from the ground, I find it hitched to the soil, itself a conglomerate of minerals, moisture, air, microscopic life, and organic material hitched to each other so variously and intricately. The roots hold the tree fast to the ground, the ground is held fast from erosion, and the nearby stream is not choked with eroded sediment but littered with nutritious detritus (fallen leaves) and teeming with aquatic life. The roots are connected to the tree trunk, a massive pump that provides life-sustaining water and nutrients throughout the tree. The hollows in the trunk provide habitat. The decaying limbs on the ground serve as nourishment for fungi, insects, and understory flora. The branches still hitched to the trunk are themselves hitched to the leaves. The leaves are sturdy little solar panels and atmospheric air conditioners; they bring in energy, regulate temperature, and provide shade to underlying leaves. The tree’s crown greets the wind and stirs it about or perhaps reduces its hurried pace; the tree is connected to the microclimate. The tree joins with countless woody and herbaceous brethren to contribute to the biosphere. The flora-sphere fuels the fauna-sphere. The fungi-sphere patiently waits to cycle the biosphere. The biosphere interconnects with atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. The Earth itself is bound gravitationally to the Sun, and is indebted to its solar fuel for almost all activity on Earth.
My undergraduate degree encompassed environmental science, political science, and a bit of economics. The emphasis was Sustainability. In addition, I seek to further my faith by being a steward of Earth. As a result, I tend to evaluate debated issues from multiple perspectives. After all, life is interdisciplinary; we cannot hide in only one school of thinking, be it the business school, the science building, or the social science department.
If we take the universe, to which we are hitched, into consideration for more decisions, we just might just make healthful, sustainable progress.