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I believe that humans are part of nature, not its rulers. People should cherish, revere, and sometimes stand in awe of natural beauty, not despoil it or threaten the integrity of ecosystems. Nothing in nature should be considered good or bad. The interconnected unity of its parts and processes should be valued without regard to usefulness to people. (Note: Bringing religion into this, some feel that Godís creation should not be compromised, that its beauty brings glory to the Creator. Some connect belonging to belief in the benevolence of God and the concept of grace, others with a groundedness that comes from working the soil. Natural pantheists identify God with a self-organizing, ever evolving Universe. Animists may talk of the god inhabiting a special place.)

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

practices Stewardship not having Dominion Over

loves the land and Wilderness

appreciates ecosystems / values interconnectedness 

values Eco-feminist perspective

summary Wikipedia article: Ecocentrism

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 2333

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 324

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #27: Belonging to Nature

Ecology (from online encyclopedia)
Deep Ecology (from online encyclopedia)
Conservation Ethic (from online encyclopedia)
Environmental Ethics (2002 article online at Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Animism (from online encyclopedia)
Naturopathic Medicine (from online encyclopedia)
Panentheism (from online encyclopedia) 
Biodiversity (from online encyclopedia)
Living Planet Index (from online encyclopedia)
Nature Therapy (from online encyclopedia)
Manual Cordova Rios / The Wizard of the Upper Amazon (book provides intimate account of living in Amazon jungle and training to be a shaman; from online encyclopedia)
PBS program Nature
The Nature Conservancy
The Marine Conservation Biology Institute (organization devoted to "protecting ocean life through science")
Scientific Pantheism: Reverence of Nature and Cosmos (whole website devoted to pantheism)
What is Pantheism?  (from Pantheist Association for Nature)
The Practice of Natural Pantheism
Caring for Creation: links to religion and ecology sites
Deep Ecology Movement
The Great Story (educational site re:14 billion year evolutionary heritage of humanity told as sacred story)
Earthlight -- The Magazine of Spiritual Ecology
A Profile of Thomas Berry,  by Matthew Fox
The Paul Shepard (1925-1996) Website  (archives, celebrates a key contributor to deep ecology)
Interview with Matthew Fox
Black Elk Speaks (quotes from this Native American holy man on circles, the Great Spirit, belonging to nature, etc. from Wikiquote)
"Hozho: Dine' Concept of Balance and Beauty" by Robert S. Drake (2004 paper on this Navaho concept)
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society by Frans de Waal (more on this 2010 book with excerpts from Google Books)
God is Gone, Everything is Holy by Chet Raymo (more about this 2008 book by a well known science writer)
The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, by E.O. Wilson (book review in Washington Post)

"Nature Demands RespectóOn Hurricanes, Awe, and Humility"  by Anthony Makar (in UU World Dec 2017)

Affluence Without Abundance: The Disappearing World of the Bushmen by James Suzman (interview with author by John Williams NY Times  July 23 2017)
Biodiversity: Hang on (special report on Biodiversity and how economic growth may improve it, The Economist Sep 14 2013)
"Adaptation and Defiance" by Jeffrey Lockwood (article about nature and climate change in UU World summer 2013)
"Plant Communications: Beans' Talk" (article about how plants use fungi to communicate, from The Economist July 6 2013)
"Humans Driving Extinction Faster Than Species Can Evolve, Say Experts," by J. Jowit (March 2010 news)

Nature's Operating Instructions: The True Biotechnologies ed. by Kenny Ausubel and J. P. Harpignies (from Sierra Club Books)

"The Ecological Turn in New Confucian Humanism: Implications for China and the World" by Tu Weiming (2001 essay)

"The Continuity of Being: Chinese Visions of Nature" by Tu Weiming (summary of chapter in 1989 book) 
Nature: An Environmental Cosmology, by Joseph Grange (read portions of this book at Google Books)
Second Nature: A Gardener's Education by Michael Pollan (read portions of classic book at Google Books)
The Well Dressed Ape, by Hannah Holmes (read portions of this 2009 book at Google Books)
Living with Gaia, by James Lovelock (excerpt from book Gaia: The Practical Science of Planetary Medicine)
Christian Ecology, by Carl Pope, Sierra Club
The Fund for Christian Ecology
Forum on Religion and Ecology  (bibliography, etc)
Earth Voice -- Protecting All Animals: Ethics & Ecology
Ethics and the Environmental Crisis (chapter one in online book by Alvin Lim)
The Root of the Problem, by Robert Harrington
Elephants on the Edge: What Animals Teach Us About Humanity by G.A. Bradshaw (excerpts from 2009 book at Google Books)
The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society  by Frans de Waal (review of this 2009 book)
Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn (online encyclopedia account of novel about human history viz. the natural world)
Newton County, Arkansas: The Natural State (2016 video portrait of individuals living close to nature and involved in environmental activist pursuits) 
Belonging to the Universe by Fritjof Capra, etal) (refers to this book and "Ecoliteracy" path)
Man in the Realm of Nature (Marxist perspective)
Liberty and the Place of Man in Nature (libertarian environmentalist perspective)
Reason and Reverence, by William R. Murry (excerpt from book promoting humanistic religious naturalism)
quotes related to nature
quotes on wilderness

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