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Anthropologist Offers Guide To Humans Living In Harmony With Nature


Humans have an amazing capacity to find and use the natural resources of the planet. But an examination of just the air temperature charts of the last 50 years will demonstrate the frequent lack of care in our use of resources.

We can rule over the environment, but it has ways of paying us back. Can people, especially eight billion or more, live in harmony with nature?

Anthropologist Philip Loring thinks it is possible, and he lays out some win-win scenarios for people and planet in his book Finding Our Niche: Toward a Restorative Human Ecology. We reach back to stories of settlement and colonization, and ahead to what might be.

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