My love of the natural world began when I was young (Alick’s Bio). I became increasingly disturbed by the harm our arrogant society is doing to the environment and felt I must voice the dangers of our misguided world-view. Within one generation, what seemed first like a simple change in society’s values towards a more materialistic emphasis, had suddenly turned into a fully-fledged crisis. We are stumbling into an ecological apocalypse.
In our ignorance of the role of life in maintaining a stable climatic environment and of the importance of biodiversity in the oceans and on land, we cannot see that a new mass species’ extinction is upon us (the last was 70 million years ago ‒ the dinosaurs).
I believe that this was initiated through our ignorance of sustainable ecology, and is being perpetuated by our appalling land use practices and damaging self-serving technologies. Viktor Schauberger warned that our interfering with water’s natural rhythms would bring world ecological disaster. (Schauberger’s Vision)
Humanity faces its own nemesis through the plunder of the Earth’s fossil fuel resources which has produced a six-fold increase in the world’s population and which is now bringing accelerating climate change (mostly human induced), which will severely limit our ability to grow sufficient food.
I felt I could contribute to the positive changes sweeping through society with my own publishing programme — in the 1970s with Turnstone Press and in the 1980s and ‘90s with Gateway Books (Six Publishing Anecdotes) ― and then through writing my own books.
My lifelong concern, both as writer and publisher, has been to reconcile scientific enquiry with a spiritual worldview (Science & Spirit). Investigating water at a deep personal level became a quest that inspired my latest book, The Story of Water.
In my mid-80s, I might be allowed to be a bit eccentric. Maybe I can get away with speaking my truth in a way that might have caused some embarrassment earlier.
As long as I can remember, I have had a desire to discover something of the purpose of life on Earth. This impulsive searching carried through my half-century in publishing. Our generation today is being challenged probably more than any has in the past. I try to throw some light on our situation by asking some eco-psychological questions (see: “How can the present World Crisis be Resolved?“) This website tells you ‘where I’m coming from’ (Nature is Sacred).
Thought for 2015 – Is Religion Good for You?