Historical Roots of our Ecologic Crisis

June 14, 2009 • Daily Email Recap

Many thanks to John Coulter of Sustainable Population Australia for this article, which apparently created quite a stir when it came out in 1967. It could just as easily have been titled, “The Religious Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis.” If you are a student of history or religion, I think you will find this article fascinating. It is also impressive that it was published in Science magazine.

The last sentence of the article calls for St. Francis to be considered the patron saint for ecologists. Perhaps a decade after this was published, Paul Winter composed Missa Gaia (“Earth Mass”). This spectacular work of music, with many pieces based on the calls of various animals, is performed once a year (along with a blessing of animals) at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the world’s largest gothic cathedral (located on Amsterdam Avenue in New York) on the first Sunday of October (St. Francis Day). The event is free and open to the public, and I highly recommend you attend if you have an opportunity to be in New York at the time. You should plan to arrive at least three hours before the 11:00 am start time, since seating is limited to the first 3,000 people in line, and it’s always a full house. If you plan to attend, let me know, as I often attend the event.

Speaking of Paul Winter, I serve on the board of his non-profit organization, Music for the Earth. If you would be interested in knowing more about that organization’s work to preserve and sustain the great bird migration between Africa and Eurasia along the Great Rift Valley, visit http://www.flywaysmusic.org/. If you want information on the upcoming Summer Solstice concert on June 20 in New York, link to http://solsticeconcert.com/. The second attachment is about this concert.

Historical Roots of our Ecologic crisis (PDF, 1 MB)

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