In Thinking Like a Mountain, we have excerpted a clear and inviting introduction to the science of conservation biology from Ed Grumbine’s previous book, Ghost Bears. Grumbine offers a succinct and evocative description of why we should all care about biodiversity, protected lands, connectivity, and extinction rates, and the advantages to be gained by attempting to ‘think like a mountain’, as so eloquently phrased by Aldo Leopold.
“Think big, think connected, think whole.”
Do we fully understand what makes nature tick? We sure have made some progress in that area but we’re not completely there yet! As the book states, we are starting to grasp the biology of thinking like a mountain but there is a huge difference between understanding a concept and acting upon it.
As a biologist, I found this book to be quite the interesting read and I genuinely believe that nowadays, everyone should be reading books related to our ecosystem and the biodiversity crisis. It is also about time we acknowledge the mistake of treating parts of the ecosystem as separate components when it is now rather obvious that everything is linked.
“Modern humans have an easier time with parts than with wholes and often forget that, in nature, interrelationship is as important as individuality.”
For example, when we’re carrying out an environmental study, we ought to take into consideration the plants, the soil, the water, the air, the animals, etc. because that is proven to be the best way to understand what is happening on a global scale, otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to correctly decipher our data nor would our conclusions have any palpable value.
Thinking like a mountain is not only about comprehending we’re just another part of the ecosystem but it’s also about acknowledging the long-term implications of our reckless actions. It’s not because we don’t live as long as mountains do that we should treat our planet with complete and utter disrespect. The earth does not need us but we sure do need it to thrive!
“Keep watch across space and time. Remember the distant future. All that fits will remain.”
I will definitely be recommending this to my Master Students and to anyone concerned about the future of our planet.
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publishers, and the author for providing me with a Copy of this book.
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