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Mary M Clare and Gary Ferguson, Full Ecology: Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World - IN PERSON

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Wed, 10/27/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Join us in the Readings Gallery as we welcome Mary M. Clare and Gary Ferguson as part of the Nature of Writing series, in partnership with our friends at the North Cascades Institute

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Climate anxiety is on the rise. In the face of global climate breakdown, it’s tempting to feel hopeless and guilt ridden about our impact on the environment or disillusioned about our relationship with the natural world. In Full Ecology, social-cultural psychologist Mary M. Clare and longtime nature writer Gary Ferguson suggest a path forward. Instead of inflaming environmental dread, they teach us to take heart and develop the inner resolve to confront the climate crisis. Breaking with the modern impulse to see humans as separate from nature, Clare and Ferguson encourage us to learn from the “supremely methodical and highly improvisational” natural systems that touch our lives. True change, they argue, begins with understanding ourselves not as isolated individuals, but as being in harmony with our human and nonhuman worlds. From this process of mindfulness and reflection, they offer an alternative strategy for acting in ecologically healthy ways, and for inspiring others to do the same.

Rather than proposing a ten-step plan to save the earth, this book encourages a more elemental rethinking of our connections to nature. Practical and poetic, scientific and spiritual, Full Ecology presents a strong, nourishing foundation for climate action.

Mary M. Clare and Gary Ferguson have each dedicated more than thirty years to exploring the world’s social and natural ecologies—Clare as a graduate professor of psychology and education, Ferguson as a nature and conservation-science writer. Their individual work has now come together in Full Ecology, a movement devoted to the idea that we can best serve both the natural and human world by reclaiming our human nature. Clare is a fellow in the American Psychological Association, and with her PhD in psychological and cultural studies she has published more than one hundred scholarly articles and two books. Ferguson is an award-winning and internationally recognized author of twenty-six books, most recently The Carry Home and The Eight Master Lessons of Nature. When not on the road or in the wilderness, the couple live in Bozeman, Montana.

Online registration closes one hour prior to the event. Walk-ins will be welcome if there are available spaces.

Full Ecology: Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World By Mary M. Clare, Gary Ferguson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781597145183
Published: Heyday Books - April 20th, 2021

The Eight Master Lessons of Nature: What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World By Gary Ferguson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524743383
Published: Dutton - October 22nd, 2019

The Carry Home: Lessons From the American Wilderness By Gary Ferguson Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781619025837
Published: Counterpoint - September 15th, 2015