This book shows how to make global environmental problems more
tangible, so that they become an integral part of everyday
awareness. At its core is a simple assumption: that the best way to
learn to perceive the biosphere is to pay close attention to our
immediate surroundings. Through local natural history observations,
imagination and memory, and spiritual contemplation, we develop a
place-based environmental view that can be expanded to encompass
the biosphere.Interweaving global change science, personal
narrative, and commentary on a wide range of scientific and
literary works, the book explores both the ecological and
existential aspects of urgent issues such as the loss of
biodiversity and global climate change. Written in a warm, engaging
style, Bringing the Biosphere Home considers the perceptual
connections between the local and global, how the ecological news
of the community is of interest to the world, and how the global
movement of people, species, and weather systems affects the local
community. It shows how global environmental change can become the
province of numerous educational initiatives -- from the classroom
to the Internet, from community forums to international
conferences, from the backyard to the biosphere. It explains
important scientific concepts in clear, nontechnical language and
provides dozens of ideas for learning how to practice biospheric
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