February 29, 2008

Integral Ecology: The Way to a Sustainable, Healthy and Peaceful Civilization

Integral Ecology: The Way to a Sustainable, Healthy and Peaceful Civilization (2008) is a new book by Srečko Šorli, Dr.Dušan Klinar and Nataša Kern - researchers from the Scientific Research Centre BISTRA. In the book, the authors argue that "awakening consciousness on a global scale is an indispensable element of sustainable development." And the Scientific Research Centre BISTRA attempts to help facilitate this process through their website, with articles in journals, and conducting lectures on “Integral Ecology and Sustainable Development” in schools, universities, and conferences.

The book promotes a “conscious lifestyle” that combines ecology, public health, energy use and social peace. The book suggests ways to create awareness and harmonize public opinion with regard to the necessity of utilizing an integral approach when dealing with complex issues. As the authors write:
"Recent scientific theories offer a holistic vision in which society and human beings are a consistent part of evolution of the universe, of global cosmic dynamics. All over the universe, life has tendency to develop into intelligent and conscious organisms such as we, humans. Consciousness is seen as a cosmic phenomenon that acts actively in the evolution of life and human being. It manifests into humans as awareness of how mind creates our material circumstances of life. Becoming conscious of how the human mind functions will give us the possibility to choose projects and take decisions that will sustain us into the future."
The authors provide a compelling account of how the emerging field of Integral Ecology is both multidisciplinary science and an “Awareness Campaign” for a life in harmony with nature and in peace with people of other nations, religions and cultures.

Contact Authors at: sorli.bistra@gmail.com

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