Welcome to my nature-conservation and science fiction (#EcoSciFi) website. The second item on the menu, the blog, and the next four items cover nature-conservation and open space issues and information. The next menu item links to science fiction novels and stories in which I solve Earth’s nature-conservation problems.
I am fortunate to live on a small stream in central Arizona where many wild animals make frequent appearances. To keep track, I have assembled checklists for all the major species groups found in Arizona. The checklists are included under Wildlife of Arizona.
My nature-conservation interests include topics from all over the globe. Get the latest world news, information, and concerns for animal rights, biodiversity, nature conservation, wildlife, and more in the Nature Conservation (NatCon) News. Get the latest on global warming in the Climate News. Though the NatCon and Climate news sites are comprehensive, my Scoop.It newsletters are more popular.
My work follows the ideas of Aldo Leopold who, toward the end of his life, believed that wildlife and humans have equal rights in what Leopold called the land-community. Here’s the link for a movie about Leopold’s ideas.
“[A] land ethic changes the role of Homo Sapiens from conqueror of the land- community to plain member and citizen of it. It implies respect for his fellow-members, and also respect for the community as such.” – Aldo Leopold, 1949.
Not bad. Perhaps “Earth ethic” would indicate the shared importance of the oceans, atmosphere, and land. It seems to me that, at the time of his death, Leopold hadn’t yet fleshed out his ethics ideas. He hadn’t considered topics such as animal rights and he hadn’t seen human impacts reach the catastrophic level we see in 2015. And he had not felt the necessity for protests and marches that Edward Abbey and eventually all of us are beginning to feel. Anyway, as the brainiest of Earth’s creatures, ethical humans might be expected to act to protect and preserve wildlife. Of course, it’s complicated. Perhaps ethical behavior must begin with shared images and ideas. Hence my blog and newsletters.
Everything else on this site is self-explanatory. Send an email if you have questions.