THE EARTH SUSTAINING SCIENCES GROUP
THE PHILOSOPHY OF SHARED SUCCESS
The Philosophy of Shared Success is the appreciation of:
- Self-reasoning, Knowledge Appreciation and Values Existence
- Experience and Adaptive Advantages
- Development and Sharing of a Growth Mindset
SHARED SUCCESS - THE REALISATION OF COOPERATIVE REALITY
We all live in One-Time. A time filled with infinite possibilities.
Individual empowerment will advance us as integral intergenerationally sustaining elements of the single biosphere in which we exist.
People - Planet - Prosperity
We need to see the Past, Present and Future as One-Time; the Past affects the Present, as the Present affects the Future. Societally, we are powerful influencers of the current and future position. It is a priority to make One-Time decisions that positively improve All-Time outcomes giving greater consideration to our biosphere which provides for all life. One-Time positive-creative energies, focused in shared success are achievable in all we do. As we all look to society as a single One-Time collective, we will empower ecosocietal (mutually beneficial ecological, economic, and societal) solutions delivery. We need to consider that true sustainability, is only achieved through ecosocietally sustainable practices that enhance ecosocietal empowerment. Ecosocietal (One-Time-All-Time-Intergenerationally Sustainable) empowerment, therefore, is more than engagement or participation. It implies synergy, shared responsibility and mutually beneficial positive action for improvement. A process of re-defining energies focus to achieve a greater good. It recognises that as some people are empowered, others will positively share and constructively engage and participate. The complexities of local and global dimensions add to the process of ecosocietal empowerment. In today’s world, the local and global are inextricably linked. Action on one positively influences and impacts on the other. Ecosocietal empowerment recognises and strategically acts upon inter-relationships ensuring solutions are focused upon both local and global levels, with the local application delivering the greatest immediate effect, leading to global improvement opportunities. To think One-Time; One-Time Sister, One-Time Brother, One-Place-One-Everywhere; sets One-Time as the very fabric that binds us in the expanse of All-Time. Therefore, One-Time, is universal. Now is the Time that is charged with the energy for current and future solutions. The only way forward is as One, in One-Time - All-Time!
The Shared Success Philosophy is to view the glass as half-full, always with enough to share!
The shared success philosophy combines essential knowledge, positive design and practice to achieve continually improving, holistically sustaining intergenerational circumstance. The focus upon People, Planet & Prosperity through Respect, Rights & Recognition is one of positive, insightful observation envisioning the biosphere as a single system of which human society is simply an element. The ability in facilitating deliverable knowledge and solutions transfer to allow all elements to be considered in a single harmonious sustaining ecosocietal prosperity advancing model is shared success which fully embraces the concept that the Earth is a single biosphere, evoking one sustaining approach to people, planet & prosperity, (ecosocietal prosperity) through enduring partnerships; assembling ethical cultural and physical patterns which function to benefit life in all its forms.
The practice of shared success, is the innovation of beneficial advancements through positive-creative sustaining activity. A direct focus upon 'greed free agreements' that deliver reciprocal benefits in economics, ecology and society through positive actions in practice, arts, language, lore and law centred upon intergenerationally sustaining delivery of functional ecosocietal symbiosis; the core of ecosocietal prosperity. Culturally valued societal mutualism is paramount in developing and maintaining intergenerationally achievable advancements in government, industry and community, while reducing unnecessary erosion's in ecology, culture and economics. The immediate and long-term objectives are to improve ecocultural stability and ecosocietal resilience in a prosperous framework of Method - Mindset - Management:
Inspired belief in the achievement of beneficial change through positive creative activity.
Mentored appreciation and application of dynamic societal heritage through respect rights and recognition.
Enduring ecosocietal value of functional design leading to sustaining, beneficial outcomes.
The Earth's biosphere, or the ‘ultimate world’ in which we live (environment) is the only natural one we have. We continually accept the rhetoric that no-one wants to destroy the environment. It accepted by ineffective action or ‘default’ to be completely appropriate for sectors of the legal and scientific professions, governments and corporate entities to validate the destruction of vital sections of it under the guise of some form of globally significant advancement. The 'environment' is also used to justify many spurious positions, depending upon the desired agendas, focus and outcomes.
We need to view the Earth's biosphere, or the ‘ultimate world’ in which we live (environment) is the only natural one we have. We continually accept the rhetoric that no-one wants to destroy the environment. We need to view the Earth as a single entity, a single biosphere/ecology of which humanity is simply an element. Ecosocietal development is the achievable intergenerationally sustainable future model.
James Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis
THE CONSIDERATION OF EARTH AS A SINGLE INTERWOVEN BIOSPHERE
The Gaia hypothesis, also known as the Gaia theory or the Gaia principle, describes a productive confluence between scientific understandings of Earth as a living system with cultural understandings (ancient and modern) of human society as a seamless continuum of that system. It proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a synergistic self-regulating, complex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. Topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere, the maintenance of a hydrosphere of liquid water and other environmental variables that affect the habitability of Earth. The hypothesis was formulated by the chemist James Lovelock and co-developed by the microbiologist Lynn Margulis in the 1970's. The hypothesis was initially criticized for being teleological and contradicting principles of natural selection, but later refinements resulted in ideas framed by the Gaia hypothesis being used in fields such as Earth system science, bio-geochemistry, systems ecology, and the emerging subject of geophysiology. Gaian hypotheses suggest that organisms co-evolve with their environment: that is, they "influence their abiotic environment, and that environment in turn influences the biota by Darwinian process". Lovelock, (1995), gave evidence of this in his second book, showing the evolution from the world of the early thermo-acidophilic and methanogenic bacteria towards the oxygen-enriched atmosphere today that supports more complex life. A reduced version of the hypothesis has been called "influential Gaia", which states the biota influence certain aspects of the abiotic world, e.g. temperature and atmosphere. It states the evolution of life and its environment may affect each other. An example is how the activity of photosynthetic bacteria during Precambrian times have completely modified the Earth atmosphere to turn it aerobic, and as such supporting evolution of life, particularly eukaryotic life. Biologists and Earth scientists usually view the factors that stabilise the characteristics of a period as an undirected emergent property or entelechy of the system; as each individual species pursues its own self-interest, for example, their combined actions may have counter balancing effects on environmental change. Opponents of this view sometimes reference examples of events that resulted in dramatic change rather than stable equilibrium, such as the conversion of the Earth's atmosphere from a reducing environment to an oxygen-rich one at the end of the Archaean and the beginning of the Proterozoic periods. The Gaia hypothesis posits that the Earth is a self-regulating complex system involving the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrospheres and the pedosphere, tightly coupled as an evolving system. The hypothesis contends that this system ‘Gaia’, seeks a physical and chemical environment optimal for contemporary life. Gaia evolves through a cybernetic feedback system operated unconsciously by the biota, leading to broad stabilisation of the conditions of habitability in a full homeostasis. Many processes in the Earth's surface essential for the conditions of life depend on the interaction of living forms, especially microorganisms, with inorganic elements. These processes establish a global control system that regulates Earth's surface temperature, atmosphere composition and ocean salinity, powered by the global thermodynamic disequilibrium state of the Earth system. The existence of a planetary homeostasis influenced by living forms had been observed previously in the field of bio-geochemistry, and it is being investigated also in other fields like Earth system science. The originality of the Gaia hypothesis relies on the assessment that such homeostatic balance is actively pursued with the goal of keeping the optimal conditions for life, even when terrestrial or external events menace them. Ocean salinity is considered to have been constant at about 3.5% for a very long time. Salinity stability in oceanic environments is important as most cells require a rather constant salinity and do not generally tolerate values above 5%. The constant ocean salinity was a long-standing mystery, because no process counterbalancing the salt influx from rivers was known. Recently it was suggested that salinity may also be strongly influenced by seawater circulation through hot basaltic rocks, and emerging as hot water vents on mid-ocean ridges. However, the composition of seawater is far from equilibrium, and it is difficult to explain this fact without the influence of organic processes. One suggested explanation lies in the formation of salt plains throughout Earth's history. It is hypothesized that these are created by bacterial colonies that fix ions and heavy metals during their life processes. The Gaia hypothesis states that the Earth's atmospheric composition is kept at a dynamically steady state by the presence of life. The atmospheric composition provides the conditions that contemporary life has adapted to.
The Concept of 'Gaia'
Robin Attfield, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK Kate Attfield, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK Published online: August 2016 DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0026698.
The Gaia theory of James Lovelock proposes that the Earth is a self‐regulating system, or super‐organism, maintaining conditions hospitable to contemporary planetary biota. Objections to this theory, concerning its alleged untestability and circularity, are considered and countered. Favourable evidence includes Lovelock's Daisyworld model of a planet regulating its own temperatures and thus maintaining homeostasis, and his discoveries of actual regulatory mechanisms such as the biological generation of dimethyl sulphide, which removes sulphur from the oceans and seeds clouds whose albedo reduces solar radiation (a negative feedback mechanism). After some decades of skepticism, sections of the scientific community have partially endorsed Gaia theory, accepting that the Earth system behaves as if self‐regulating. Whether or not this theory is acceptable in full, it has drawn attention to the need for preserving planetary biological cycles and for the planetary dimension to be incorporated in ethical decision‐making, and thus for a planetary ethic.
- James Lovelock's hypothesis that the planetary physical and biological system is a self‐regulating super‐organism,
- There were pre-Lovelock precedents for ascribing life either to the planet or to the universe,
- James W. Kirchner presents Gaia hypotheses as either unoriginal or untestable,
- Lovelock's demonstrates that Gaia theory is both original and testable, albeit indirectly,
- Lovelock's theory can readily escape the charge of circularity,
- Predictions of Gaia theory include the existence of biologically generated mechanisms of planetary regulation,
- Lovelock's discovery of dimethyl sulphide discloses such a mechanism for the regulation of oceanic sulfur,
- Both atmospheric oxygen and atmospheric nitrogen turn out to be biologically generated and maintained,
- Philosophers such as Stephen Clark and Mary Midgley have made Gaia a symbol for the planetary thinking currently needed,
- The Amsterdam Declaration of planetary scientists (Moore et al., 2001) accepted aspects of Gaia theory, without explicitly accepting the theory's planetary goal.