Four Laws of Ecology

This BLOG was originally written in honor of Earth Day (April 22) of 2007. We all need to do a much better job of caring for our only planet. This is from the work of the amazing Barry Commoner. This was originally posted on hiphappy.blog.myspace

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I began studying ecology in 1976 – in part because of Earth Day (April 22). Based on these 30 years of education and experience, I am very worried that many of the gains that have been made over the past decades have been destroyed by Bush and his callous disregard for future generations and other cultures.

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One of the most important ecological influences on our environmentalism was the great biologist – Barry Commoner. His important insights included the four laws of ecology, as written in The Closing Circle in 1971:

1. Everything is Connected to Everything Else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.

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2. Everything Must Go Somewhere. There is no “waste” in nature and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.

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3. Nature Knows Best. Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is, says Commoner, “likely to be detrimental to that system.”

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4. There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch. In nature, both sides of the equation must balance, for every gain there is a cost, and all debts are eventually paid.

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So please stop buying stuff you don’t need to reduce your impact on the earth. Also, reduce your waste and recycle whatever you can.


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Greedy Americans represent only three percent of the population, but we consume about a quarter of the world’s resources. That is the only reason we are fighting in the middle east – to “steal” their oil to feed our addiction to comfort and laziness. No wonder the rest of the world hates us.

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“If you are not part of the problem, then you are part of the solution.” – Eldridge Cleaver

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3 thoughts on “Four Laws of Ecology

  1. globalwarmingwatcher

    Great stuffs.

    Here is an update for you. Please watch recent NASA report at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJqO4HbolQk.

    We need to take action quickly. Time is running out.

  2. anonymous

    GOOD JOB

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