Deep Ecology

Do these books resonate for you? Purchase them at your local indie bookstore or through Better World Books.

The Universe Story: From the Primordial Flaring Forth to the Ecozoic Era–A Celebration of the Unfolding of the Cosmos
by Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry

Combine astronomy, physics, biology, anthropology, and history with poetry, modern mythmaking, and sheer awe, and you’ll have a rough idea of the scope of this profound volume. Approaching the cosmos as self-aware and self-organizing living system of immanent divinity, Swimme and Berry imbue this history of the universe and our planet with reverence and a plea for humanity’s awakening to its responsibilities and rightful role within the balance.

Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World
By Joanna R. Macy and Molly Young Brown

Yes – the planet’s ecosystems are being systematically exploited and destroyed, the mountains torn apart for coal, the seas poisoned with oil. If you have ever flinched away from these facts, feeling them too overwhelming to face, much less act upon, this is a book to read, to contemplate, and to use in sharing circles and community groups. It is not an easy book to read – Macy does not shy away from the painful reality of what is happening to our planet – but in facing the pain straightforwardly, urging a context of sharing and support, she offers a path to healing and inspired action.

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