The Gaia Hypothesis–Everything on Earth Is Connected
During the early 1970s, environmental philosopher James Lovelock theorized that interactions between the Earth’s living creatures and their inorganic surroundings produced and maintain the climate and biochemical conditions that allow life to exist on Earth. This idea evolved into the Gaia hypothesis, named after the ancient Greek Earth goddess.
Humans are also part of that interaction, dependent on the oceans, air, and forests for our existence in the same way as every other living thing on the planet—a superorganism. As inhabitants of the planet, we all have a moral obligation to preserve the Earth for each other, animal life, and future generations.
Scientists and environmentalists around the world agree that the planet’s climate requires immediate action to avert a catastrophe.