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Eco Essay - Embracing Coexistence

This Eco News Network Eco Essay, “Embracing Coexistence” by Michael Charles Tobias, PhD, is based on his speech at the Milan Expo 2015 on June 6th and is reprinted here with Dr. Tobias’ permission.

Embracing Coexistence

By Michael Charles Tobias, PhD

Image0010Italy has over 200 protected areas. Her ecological progress is very high on the marine side, but quite low on the terrestrial front. As many as 50% of all species in Italy are at a level of concern or significant risk, according to the Italian Committee of the IUCN, or Intl. Union for the Conservation of Nature. The good news, however, is that across Europe as a whole, recent data suggests that nearly a third of the continent is protected, higher than most other regions on earth. 

In 2008 there were approximately 120,000 protected areas on the planet. Today, there are over 208,000 such areas. The problem with this optimistic upwards graph is that so many of these areas are basically grey areas: some could be golf courses, where the biodiversity is limited to grass, sandtraps and non-native fringe forest. That grass is abstracting precious fresh or grey water in the meantime. Other protected areas might refer to ocean reserves where there is no monitoring or policing whatsoever for poachers, as in the case of vast swathes of marine area south of the Maldives, a region of the Indian Ocean known since 2010 as the Chagos Marine Protected Area, comprising 640,000 square kilometers and owned by Britain, thousands of miles away.

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Interview with Michael Tobias PhD

Dancing Star Foundation President Michael Charles Tobias PhD, in a Discussion About the Fate of the Earth

by Geoffrey Holland


This is a personal dialogue between Emmy Award writer/producer and author of The Hydrogen Age, Geoffrey Holland, and Michael Charles Tobias, PhD, one of the world’s most influential ecologists. He is a prolific author, filmmaker, and lecturer. In a career to date spanning 45 years, and as President of Dancing Star Foundation for 16 of those years, Tobias’ work has taken him to nearly 100 countries, where his field research has resulted in some 50 books and 150 films that have been read or viewed throughout the world. He was the 62nd recipient of the Courage of Conscience Award, and is an honorary Member of the Club of Budapest. Tobias is best known for such works as his massive tome, World War III: Population and the Biosphere at the End of the Millennium, and with his partner Jane Gray Morrison, the ten hour dramatic mini-series, Voice of the Planet.

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The Ten Point Credo of an Evolved Consciousness

1.    I am part of the world. The world is not outside of me, and I am not outside of the world. The world is in me, and I am in the world.

2.    I am more than a skin-and-bone material organism: my body, and its cells and organs are manifestations of what is truly me: a self-sustaining, self-evolving dynamic system arising, persisting and developing in interaction with other such systems and with the world around me.

3.    I am one of the highest, most evolved manifestations of the drive toward coherence and wholeness in the world. My essence is this cosmic drive. It is the same essence that is inherent in all the systems that arise and evolve in the universe.

4.    There are no absolute boundaries and divisions among the systems that arise and evolve in the universe, only transition points where one set of relations yields prevalence to another. In me, in this self-maintaining and self-evolving coherence- and wholeness-oriented system, the relations that integrate the cells and organs of my body are prevalent.  Beyond my body other relations gain prevalence: those that drive toward coherence and wholeness in humanity, nature, and throughout the universe.

5.    The separate identity I attach to my fellow humans is a convenient convention to facilitate my interaction with them. My family and my community are just as much “me” as the cells and organs of my body. There are only gradients of intensity in the relations that distinguishing individuals from each other and from the world, no absolute divisions and boundaries. There are no “others” in the world: we are all dynamic, coherence and wholeness oriented systems in the world and we are part of the world and so part of each other.

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Kosmos Journal - About The Fuji Declaration

Why The Fuji Declaration? What It Means for Our Life and Our Future?

By: Ervin Laszlo

At a critical time—a time of crisis and unsustainability—change is not linear but abrupt. We live in a critical time. The system we have created either breaks down to chaos, or breaks through to a new order. The breakthrough will not come from above, it will not occur at the center, and it will not be driven by money and power. It will come at the grassroots, at the creative periphery, and it will be motivated by the divine spark present in the heart and mind of every human being.

The epochal task today is to rekindle the divine spark in our heart and mind: to revitalize our recognition of who we are, and how we relate to each other, to the earth, and to the cosmos. We are not material beings in a material universe. We do have a material body, but we also have an immaterial consciousness in an information-penetrated universe. Our body is connected—“entangled”—with all bodies from atoms to galaxies, and our consciousness is one with the cosmic consciousness that pervades the world. Our crises and instabilities arose because we have refused to recognize this timeless insight and pursued our selfish interests in the belief that we are separate beings in a strange, uncaring and potentially hostile universe.

The time has come to awaken to the deeper knowledge that has always been present in human consciousness: the knowledge that with our mind and consciousness we transcend space and time and connect with the deeper reality that Plato said lies beyond the world of our senses. This knowledge is that we are one in the deep dimension physicist David Bohm called the implicate order and the Hindu rishis called the Akasha, the fifth and deepest element of the universe.

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Hiroshi Tasaka about Buddhism

Hiroshi Tasaka, a former special advisor to the Japan Prime Minister (2010-2011), is also President of the Club of Budapest Japan, a Global Agenda Council Member of the World Economic Forum, and since 2000, a professor of philosophy at Tama University. He graduated from the University of Tokyo with a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering in 1981 and from 1987 worked at the Battelle Memorial Institute and at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the U.S. In 1990, he participated in founding the Japan Research Institute. In 2000, he founded the think tank SophiaBank. Dr. Tasaka is a philosopher who has authored more than 60 books.

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