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Today there is a bewildering diversity of views on ecology and the natural environment. With more than two hundred distinct and valuable perspectives on the natural world-and with scientists, economists, ethicists, activists, philosophers, and others often taking completely different stances on the issues-how can we come to agreement to solve our toughest environmental problems? In response to this pressing need, Integral Ecology unites valuable insights from multiple perspectives into a comprehensive theoretical framework-one that can be put to use right now. The framework is based on Integral Theory, as well as Ken Wilber's AQAL model, and is the result of over a decade of research exploring the myriad perspectives on ecology available to us today and their respective methodologies. Dozens of real-life applications and examples of this framework currently in use are examined, including three in-depth case studies: work with marine fisheries in Hawai'i, strategies of eco-activists to protect Canada's Great Bear Rainforest, and a study of community development in El Salvador. In addition, eighteen personal practices of transformation are provided for you to increase your own integral ecological awareness. Integral Ecologyprovides the most sophisticated application and extension of Integral Theory available today, and as such it serves as a template for any truly integral effort.
Michael E. Zimmerman, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Zimmerman is co-leader of the Integral Ecology branch of the Integral Institute. Among his books is Contesting Earth’s Future: Radical Ecology and Postmodernity.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Introduction: Whose Environment Is It?
The Historical Context and Conceptual Framework of Integral Ecology
The Return of Interiority: Redefining the Humanity-Nature Relationship
It's All About Perspectives: The AQAL Model
A Developing Kosmos
The What, Who, and How of Ecological Phenomena
Defining, Honoring, and Integrating the Multiple Approaches to Ecology
Ecological Terrains: The What That Is Examined
Ecological Selves: The Who That Is Examining
Ecological Research: How We Examine
The Who, How, and What Framework Applied
Ecological Harmony and Environmental Crisis in a Post-Natural World
Practices for Cultivating Integral Ecological Awareness
Integral Ecology in Action
Applications of Integral Ecology in Self, Other, and World
Integrating Interiority in Sustainable Community Development: A Case Study with San Juan del Gozo Community, El Salvador
Integral Marine Ecology: Community-Based Fishery Management in Hawai'i
Evolving Approaches to Conservation: Integral Ecology and Canada's Great Bear Rainforest
Conclusion: The Integral Ecology Advantage
Appendix: 200+ Perspectives on NATURE: Major, Minor, and Emerging Schools of Ecology, Environmental Studies, and Ecological Thought
Further Reading: The Integral Ecology Bookshelf
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