Discordant harmonies in views of natural systems by The Sierra Club and others

This essay was first publish at the blog of the Green Congregation Committee, First Parish in Needham, on the Parish Realm Web site and communications board. The views obviously are those only of its author, not of First Parish or the Green Congregation Committee. It is republished here in part to reach a broader audience.

A longer review of Botkin’s book will be published on my channel at Goodreads.

From Rangel, Thiago F., Neil R. Edwards, Philip B. Holden, José Alexandre F. Diniz-Filho, William D. Gosling, Marco Túlio P. Coelho, Fernanda AS Cassemiro, Carsten Rahbek, and Robert K. Colwell. “Modeling the ecology and evolution of biodiversity: Biogeographical cradles, museums, and graves.” Science 361, no. 6399 (2018).

(*) I will be writing a detailed review of Botkins book at Goodreads: https://goodreads.com/ecoquant.

(**) S. Tatsumi et al. “Prolonged impacts of past agriculture and ungulate overabundance on soil fungal communities in restored forests”. In: Environmental DNA (2021). URL:

(***) Maybe California Actually Does Have Enough Water


(****) R. L. Ryan and M. B. Wamsley. “Perceptions of wildfire threat and mitigation measures by residents of fire-prone communities in the Northeast: Survey results and wildland fire management implications.” In: The public and wildland fire management: social science findings for managers. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, pp. 11–17. URL: https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/18648.

(*****) A. Szasz. How we changed from protecting the environment to protecting ourselves. University of Minnesota Press, 2007. URL: https://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/shopping-our-way-to-safety.

(******)  R. H. Whittaker. “Recent evolution of ecological concepts in relation to the eastern forests of North America”. In: American Journal of Botany 44 (1957), pp. 197–206.


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