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Waking Up to the Call of Life

Waking Up to the Call of Life

Endangered Species Cougar

With David Ulansey, Founder, Species Alliance, Producer of Call of Life film

David UlansseyWhile people worldwide are well aware of the impacts of climate change, pollution and habitat loss – and know that there is a severe loss of species occurring – our leading experts and institutions are not seriously addressing the very real possibility of a mass extinction event of our making occurring within the next 30 to 100 years. Mass extinction means that the biosphere suffers such a huge loss of life forms on all levels that the web of interconnected biological systems breaks down, decimating our air, water and the entire chain of life that we and other species depend on for our existence. It is a sobering subject, but like other serious problems faced at this critical stage of human evolution, avoiding mass extinction will require radical shifts in how we live, and bold initiatives to address the whole system impacts of human civilization on the planetary body. Ulansey shares the story of launching the website massextinction.net in the 1990s, and the later formation of the Species Alliance non-profit, which recently released the film Call of Life. A Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at UC Berkeley and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies, his thoughtful observations about the human condition, the hypnotic effect of our consumer culture and the individual and mass denial that afflicts us, brings more than unsettling facts to this mind expanding conversation.

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  1. Robert GelmanRobert Gelman08-14-2013

    Very much enjoyed this interview.

    What seems to be missed in most similar conversations is how the web of interconnected life is what supports our very survival as well as the quality of life we experience. It’s not just a nice thing to have biodiversity, it’s an essential thing.

    With the loss of every species from our biosphere, the load shifts within our own physical and psychic beings so that life is harder for all that remain. Harder and less wonderful. And with each new species that evolves, the opposite is true.

    Those are just the self-centered or human-centered reasons to protect habitats and biodiversity. There is also the moral imperative that as stewards of the planet, it’s our responsibility to do this. Evolution will happen with or without human interference and species will come and go naturally, but what we really need to do is learn our true place in this web and live up to it.

    • adminadmin09-09-2013

      Bravo, thanks Bob. Could not agree more.

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