Theories, Practices, Policies- Foreword by Indira V. Samarasekera
Edited By Lynette Shultz, Ali A. Abdi and George H. Richardson
9. Global Citizenship and the Environment: Embracing Life in All Its Forms Naomi Krogman, Lee Foote 108
CHAPTER 9 Global Citizenship and the Environment: Embracing Life in All Its Forms Naomi Krogman, Lee Foote Introduction Existentialists tell us one of our greatest challenges as human beings is to find meaning in our lives by overcoming the senses of being alone, or disconnected. Yet, even in those quiet moments where we feel alone the most, we breathe in air molecules that have gone through other living entities before us; we inhale airborne particulates laced with fragmentary elements of our homes and our immediate environments. Without conscious effort, our blood systems supply our bodies with oxygen to our cells to me- tabolize the food stuffs that were created with solar energy captured by plants and concentrated into animal tissue and we continue breathing. The food our body is con- verting to energy was likely raised on land that was once forest or prairie before it sup- ported cattle and crops. The pre-farming plant and wildlife communities on that land received water de- livery from rain, rivers, and groundwater systems in an intricate and interacting web of ecosystem functions. Given that our bodies are 60% water and with each breath, some of that moisture leaves our bodies, we typically look to a metal pipe that is ultimately connected to a natural water source. In essence, even at our quietest moments of still- ness and solitude, we remain connected to our environment because we are physically, physiologically, evolutionarily, and spiritually immersed in the biophysical world. Similarly, we are connected by the...
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