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ecological literacy

Photosynthesis

Cellular Respiration

Electron Transport Chain

Essential Amino Acids

Metabolism | Glycolysis


To understand how nature sustains life, we need to move from biology to ecology, because sustained life is a property of an ecosystem rather than a single organism or species.

Ecological literacy means understanding the principles of organization of ecosystems that sustain the web of life.

The waste of one form of life is the sustenance of another form of life; organic matter cycles continually through the web of life; photons flowing form the sun drive ecological cycles; diversity assures resilience.

Life colonized the planet through symbosis not conquest.

These are different aspects of a single fundamental pattern of organization that has enabled nature to sustain complex life for millions of years.

Nature sustains life by creating and nurturing communities

No individual organism can exist in isolation.

Animals depend on the photosynthesis of plants for their energy needs; plants depend on the carbon dioxide produced by animals, as well as on the nitrogen fixed by bacteria at their roots; and together plants, animals, and microorganisms regulate the entire biosphere and maintain the conditions conducive to life.

Sustainability is not an individual property but a property of an entire web of relationships. Sustainability always involves a whole community.

Sustainability does not mean that things remain the same as sustainability is a dynamic process of co-evolution rather than a static state.

Ecologically literacy understands ecological sustainability involves a web of fluctuating patterns of organization of symbiotic relationships.



"As a fragile and lovely flower

unfolds its gleaming foliage

on the breast of the fostering Earth,

if the dew and the rain draw it forth;

So doth my tender mind flourish,

if it be fed with the sweet dew of the fostering spirit,

Lacking this, it beginneth straightway to languish,

even as a flower born upon dry earth,

if the dew and the rain tend it not."

Ezra Pound




fragrance


The truth is found in the simple and intricate messages of smell.

I smelled the wind today.

What precisely it smelled like I can not say.

Only that there was a hint of spicy pine and the rich scent of wet earth.

I have been thinking about smells because I have never truly noticed them before.

I live in a house in the country, far beyond the limits of the city and nestled along the shores of Lake Superior.

The area around me is heavily wooded with a winding dirt road that cuts a clearing through the cedars, spruces and birches.





The dark recess of the forest is a hub of continuous activity.

The light, playful sounds of the many birds and squirrels, and the heavier cracks and thumps of deer and other large animals as they go about their day, are constant.

Numerous small streams trickle from within these hidden areas and run laughing through culverts under the road to the waiting lake.

In the summer, the floor of the forest fascinates me with the soft moss and beautiful, delicate flowers that carpet the ground beneath the towering trees.

In the winter, I love the way the snow lies heavily on the boughs of the evergreens and the quiet the deep cold brings.

On a walk early one morning, while I was admiring the melting snow and enjoying the warmth of the sun on my back, that it hit me.

The wind had a smell!

Not just a smell, but every scent from every item in the vast wilderness around me was carried by the wind.

I had not been aware of it before, I understood perfectly that these scents contained a message - the messages of scent carried aloft by the wind.

My prehistoric ancestors once mastered the secrets locked in these scents, but that ability has been lost to me: I can understand, however, that these messages cannot be unlocked by my conscious mind.



Our noses sense 10 types of odors

Congruent Sound Can Modulate Odor Pleasantness



I know that these scents can only be translated by the subconscious instincts within me.

I imagine that the language of scent can be both simple and complex.

Each scent is unique.

Scents cannot lie and they cannot bluff.

Animals sniff their food and learn to distinguish by smell what is safe to eat and what will make them sick.

There is no deceit or treachery in a smell; there is only the truth.

Perhaps this is why humans have lost the ability to understand the language of scent.

We use our language to hide, to confuse and, only rarely, to tell the truth.

People have forgotten the truth of Nature.

The truth is found in the simple and intricate messages of smell.

Smell is the silent, fragrant language of nature.

- adapted from Lynley Scott



SyMBioSiS

Biodiversity and Sustainability:
Closely Linked to Language and Culture

Toby Spribille overturns 150 years of biology


"It is not accidental that all phenomena of human life are dominated by the search for daily bread - the oldest link connecting all living things, man included, with the surrounding nature." - Ivan Pavlov



"Ultimately, I believe, the discovery reveals the genetic infrastructure of the myriad species on the tree of life is actually far more "open access," and therefore both resilient/changeable and fragile, than ever before imagined.

In other words, non-coding RNAs make possible a horizontal process of 'communicating," 'exchanging,' and incorporating vitally important information in a relatively free manner, and in real time versus glacial time.

And as a result, species, across all kingdoms, are integrated into a web-like interdependence and co-evolutionary collaboration that was hitherto considered, from the perspective of molecular biology, genetics, and orthodox evolutionary biology, impossible." - Sayer Ji





"We live in a cooperative biological world which possess many features of life, most notably homeostatic regulation of temperature, gases, salinity, and other variables.

Each species contributes some way to the metabolism and homeostasis of the planet.

Coral creates lagoons that help remove salt from the ocean, which would otherwise double in salinity in just 60 million years.

Photosynthesizing algae and rainforests produce the oxygen that sustains animal life, while other mechanisms prevent oxygen levels from going too high and sparking devastating planet-wide forest fires.

Bacteria accelerate rock weathering to bring carbon out of the atmosphere, while marine animals eventually turn that carbon into shells ultimately sequestered on the ocean floor.

And something, some combination of organic and inorganic processes, has kept earth's surface temperature stable as the sun's apparent brightness has increased by 30 or 40% over three billion years." - Charles Eisenstein


Cells Talk in a Language That Looks Like Viruses




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