Quotes

Peter Andrews, 2003: “Yes, it is a bureaucratic battle because, you see, you have a whole series of people making a hell of a lot of money out of the problems.”

Andrew Campbell, 2009: “For me landcare has always been primarily about social objectives of changing community norms in favour of more sustainable systems and practices, changing the notion of what it means to be a ‘good farmer’, building social capital and helping community leaders trying to bring about more sustainable approaches in their neighbourhood and providing an efficient framework for sharing information and resources.”

David Holmgren, 2003: “I have been struck by how much of the evidence that is typically used to describe ecological harm can in fact be equally interpreted to indicate ecological benefits.”

Dr. Fred Kirshenmann, 2013: “All of this, of course, created a culture of science that still largely determines how we view our world today. We tend to simplify complex systems by reducing them to individual parts that we can control, and ignore the dynamic interdependent relationships of complex systems which evolve in largely unpredictable ways.”

Christian Kull, 2014: “Invasions may be a type of major global change, but they can also help ecosystems and humans adapt to these very changes. For instance, they can maintain ecosystem processes such as productivity, carbon storage, or nutrient cycling in conditions of climate change or land cover transformations.  Invasive plants or animals are functional, structural, and compositional parts of the Earth’s transformed and transforming ecosystems.  So, in the words of Hamlet, “there is nothing either good nor bad, but thinking makes it so”.”

HaiKai Tane, 1999: “Unfortunately, there is a cultural attitude common among people unable to accept the continuing, dynamic evolution of nature. Environmental conservation and ecosynthesis require recognizing people as integral parts of natural ecosystems. This assumption however, is anathema to people trapped in the Humans versus Nature mindsets. This mindset is paramount among Nativists and similar cults……”

Fritjof Capra, 1997: “In ecosystems the complexity of the network is a consequence of its biodiversity, and thus a diverse ecological community is a resilient community. In human communities, ethnic and cultural diversity may play the same role. Diversity means many different relationships, many different approaches to the same problem. A diverse community is a resilient community capable of adapting to changing situations.”

Val Plumwood, 2006: “Why is the human cultural narrative assumed to silence or take precedence over the other, nonhuman, narratives of creation and reproduction in the land? Such a model seems to reinforce the western tradition of treating humans as superior and apart, outside of and hyper-separated from nature, rather than integrating the human narrative with other narratives of the land.”

“…..the reconception of nature in agentic terms as a co-actor and co-participant in the world is perhaps the most important aspect of moving to an alternative ethical framework.”

Prof. Arthur M. Shapiro 2011: “Restoration ecology” is a euphemism for a kind of gardening informed by an almost cultish veneration of the “native” and abhorrence of the naturalized, which is commonly characterized as “invasive.” Let me make this clear: neither “restoration” nor conservation can be mandated by science—only informed by it. The decision of what actions to take may be motivated by many things, including politics, esthetics, economics and even religion, but it cannot be science-driven.

Prof. Mark A. Davis 2009: “It’s very important to distinguish harm from change.”

“Boy, if you want nature to stop, you’re going to be miserable.”

 

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