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Minding Nature

Published tri-annually, the Center's online journal Minding Nature explores conservation values and the practice of democratic ecological citizenship.

September 2014 | Vol 7, Num 3

In this issue • A discussion of the history and cultural significance of hunting and the role of predation in the human experience • An essay that draws upon Thoreau to stress the urgent need for a reorientation in our thinking about the planet and about ourselves...

May 2014 | Vol 7, Num 2
In this issue • A humbling visit to Española Island in the Galapagos archipelago leads to a probing argument about the true responsibilities of human beings and the rights of Nature  •  Robin Kimmerer asks, What can I give in return for the gifts of the Earth? We need the answers, but we also need to listen and learn how to even ask the question in the first place...
January 2014 | Vol 7, Num 1
In this issue • Why global networks of cities are emerging as a more promising form of ecological governance than individual nation states or international organizations • Reflections on how experiences of difference and dynamism are central to both urban social and cultural life and to current thinking about ecosystems and ecological restoration...
September 2013 | Vol 6, Num 3
In this issue • Extending Leopold’s land ethic to today • Social resilience and a vision of the human and natural good • The challenges of green space access and promoting social equality in cities • An evolutionary perspective on human capacity to live sustainably with nature • The benefits of reduced work time in a low growth society...
May 2013 | Vol 6, Num 2

In this issue • Ecological self-identity, citizenship, and the concept of place •  Amid the howling controversy over wolves, thoughts on how to achieve a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between humans and wolves...

January 2013 | Vol 6, Num 1

In this issue • How climate change, in the form of storms and drought, is not coming, it is here and how we should respond by ending our silence • Global examples of the nodal governance of water and agricultural systems and what we can learn from the wisdom and expertise that exists on the ground...

September 2012 | Vol 5, Num 2

In this issue • Moral philosopher Mary Midgley explores the links among defining humanness, separating human beings from other species, and giving humans greater ontological value • Peter Victor discusses a macroeconomic model of the Canadian economy, LowGrow that indicates how ecologically beneficial growth is possible without unduly affecting essential aspects of well-being...

May 2012 | Vol 5, Num 1

In this issue •The Center for Humans and Nature Manifesto, a thoughtful statement of our principles and ideals •The values and uncertainties inherent in landscape design and land use planning, and how a sense of place can inform and guide decision making...

 

December 2011 | Vol 4, Num 3

In this issue •The Blue River Declaration, an inspiring statement of principles and ideals from a group of 23 leading conservation and environmental writers, thinkers, and teachers •The promise and prospect to “civic agriculture”—what it can mean, and how it can transform our sense of community, place, and mutual responsibility...

August 2011 | Vol 4, Num 2

In this issue •Intellectual historian Robert Nadeau connects the dots among new discoveries in science and comparative religion that lead to an impetus for ethical action to protect and sustain the planet •Can science and reason alone provide the values we need today? How have the nature of science and the outlooks of religions changed at the dawn of the “Anthropocene” age?...

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