According to Fritjof Capra, co-founder of the Center for Ecoliteracy, being ecologically literate means understanding the principles of the organization of ecological communities and manifesting those principles in the daily life of one’s own community. “The great challenge of our time” writes Capra, “is to build and nurture sustainable communities that are designed in such a way that their ways of life, businesses, economies, physical structures, and technologies do not interfere with nature’s inherent ability to sustain itself. The first step in this endeavor is to understand the principles of organization that ecosystems have developed in order to sustain the web of life.”
Capra has a long history of exploring the philosophical dimensions of science while questioning the implicit philosophy couched ideologically behind sciencific norms and conventions. In his book “The Tao of Physics”, published over 40 years ago, he compared the revelations from the then burgeoning field of sub-atomic particle physics to the insights of eastern philosophers and mystics. In this way he provided an entire generation a far more compelling vision of the universe than was being imagined by the mechanistic and materialistic paradigms of the time.
More recently, in Ecology of Law, Capra, along with fellow professor Ugo Mattei, have challenged the worldview of both western science and jurisprudence that they asser lies at the root of our current ecological and social crisis. The book argues eloquently for the design and implementation of an entirely new eco-legal framework more in concert with our current understanding of both nature and the Commons.
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