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The Great Work : Our Way into the Future The Great Work - Our Way into the Futureby Thomas Mary Berry

The future can exist only if humans understand how to commune with the natural world rather than exploit it, explains author and renowned ecologist Thomas Berry (The Dream of the Earth, The Universe Story). "Already the planet is so damaged and the future is so challenged by its rising human population that the terms of survival will be severe beyond anything we have known in the past."

This may make him sound like a scolding, doomsday prophet, but Berry is an optimistic soul, hopeful that humans will rise to the challenge of cherishing the natural world in the third millennium. "Our future destiny rests even more decisively on our capacity for intimacy in our human-Earth relations." Berry predicts. From this premise, Berry reveals why we need to adore our blessed planet, while also examining why we are culturally driven toward exploiting nature. Because Berry has a science background as well as a spiritual orientation (he is the founder of the History of Religions Program at Fordham University), he brings a balanced and fresh voice to social ecology. Even though he writes for the masses, Berry is by no means a lightweight--chapters include "Ecological Geography," "The Extractive Economy," "The Corporation Story," and "Reinventing the Human." --Gail Hudson

One of the most eminent cultural historians of our time presents the culmination of his ideas and calls for us to experience creation as a source of wonder and delight rather than a commodity for our personal use.

Thomas Berry has written and lectured extensively on technological civilization and the need for us to move from being a disrupting force on this earth to a benign presence. This transition is the Great Work of which he speaks. It is at the same time the most necessary and most ennobling work we will ever undertake. Berry's message is not one of doom but of hope. He calls upon all aspects of society to remember their function, particularly the universities and other educational institutions whose role is to guide students into an appreciation rather than an exploitation of the world around them. Berry is the leading spokesperson for the Earth, and his profound ecological insight at this determining moment in history illuminates the path we need to take in the realms of ethics, politics, economics, and education if both we and the planet are to survive.

"Great Work indeed! Thomas Berry offers us the benefit of a lifetime of clear-headed, clear-hearted reflection. And by so doing he shows us where our task lies, shows us the particular test that we must face just as our ancestors faced their own great challenges. It's a work to stir the blood."        
--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"As we close out this century, Thomas Berry has demonstrated once again that he is one of the few great religious minds to be reckoned with."--Wes Jackson, president of the Land Institute

"Thomas Berry is the bard of the new cosmology. He unerringly finds the mythic dimension and the moral significance behind the scientific facts."         
--Theodore Roszak, author of The Voice of the Earth and Ecopsychology

About the Author
Thomas Berry founded the History of Religions Program at Fordham University and the Riverdale Center of Religious Research. He has served as president of the American Teilhard de Chardin Association, and won a Lannan Foundation Award for The Dream of the Earth. Together with the scientist Brian Swimme, he wrote The Universe Story: A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos. He lives in the hill country of the Southern Appalachians.

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Growing Up Green : Education for Ecological Renewal Growing Up Green : Education for Ecological Renewal by David Hutchison, Thomas Berry

This comprehensive study explores the relationship of environmental advocacy to the philosophy of education and holistic theories of child development. The author begins by outlining the ecological, economic, and cultural dimensions of the environmental challenge and then applies this discussion to a critique of three philosophies of education: back-to-basic, progressive, and holistic. He then describes an ecologically sensitive approach to education in middle childhood, emphasizing the role that narrative inquiry, the study of place and form, and earth literacy can play in promoting an ecological awareness in children.

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Images From Earth:  Thomas Berry
Text and audio by Thomas Berry.

Excerpt:  Wave on wave of life expansion took place for 65 million years.  What we are doing when we extinguish the species of trees, extinguish the animals, extinguish the rainforest, we are negating 65 million years of effort.  It's not that we are changing human history, we are changing Earth history; we're not just changing human life, we are bringing about a disastrous change in the total life development of the planet Earth...

...We are presently extinguishing something like 10,000 species every single year.  We only know 1,600,000 or so, but we feel sure that there are 5 million...We are doing enormous damage...And the important thing to realize, also, is that this is irreversible; neither heaven or Earth can bring back extinguished species, it's forever.  It's the most absolute deed that humans can do, I think.  You can never bring back a bird species.  The Carolina Parakeet will never be back.  The Passenger Pigeon, nobody will ever see again.  And what we're dong is blocking out possibilities not only for our children, but for the children of 10,000 generations...


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