“A New Story of the Universe, he felt, could help humans become mutually-enhancing participants in a multi-cultural planetary civilisation…. Today, Berry’s perspective adds fresh energy and urgency to what he called, The Great Work, namely, what each person and community can contribute to a flourishing future. As he would say: “This Work is for the future generations of all species.””
Thomas Berry (1914–2009) was one of the twentieth century’s most prescient and profound thinkers. As a cultural historian, he sought a broader perspective on humanity’s relationship to Earth in order to respond to the ecological and social challenges of our times.
Berry urged humans to recognize their place on a planet with complex ecosystems in a vast evolving universe. He sought to replace the modern alienation from nature with a sense of intimacy and responsibility. Berry called for new forms of ecological education, law, and spirituality and the creation of resilient agricultural systems, bioregions, and ecocities.
At a time of growing environmental crisis, a new biography shows the ongoing significance of Berry’s conception of human interdependence with Earth within the unfolding journey of the universe.
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Written and narrated by Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim
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READ the article: https://www.kosmosjournal.org/kj_article/thomas-berry-and-the-rights-of-nature/
Learn more about Thomas Berry, a Biography, by Mary Evelyn Tucker, John Grim, and Andrew Angyal at: https://cup.columbia.edu/book/thomas-berry/9780231176989