Gaia Theory is a compelling new way of understanding life on our planet. The theory asserts that living organisms and their inorganic surroundings have evolved together as a single living system that greatly affects the chemistry and conditions of Earth’s surface.
Explore a whole spectrum of scientific resources that shed light into the principles and functioning of Gaia. Books, articles, and links containing the most essential research on Gaia Theory.
The “Gaia Paradigm” seeks to find a healthy union between science and “cultural narrative.” Explore multiple perspectives from great thinkers such as scientists, philosophers, and politicians.
Interested in holding a workshop or presentation on the “Gaia Paradigm” at your organization, school, or other community setting? Entrepreneurial Earth LLC, founded by naturalist Martin Ogle, provides a range of educational services.
Or explore other selected readings below:
“Gaia in Turmoil; Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis”
An edited volume with contributions from scientists, educators, historians and more (including chapter by Martin Ogle).
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“In the Eye of the Hawk; Reflections Along the Potomac” by Martin Ogle
A book for anyone interested in fostering a lasting connection with the place they call home. A collection of essays based on the lessons and wisdom of place, leading to a vision of a sustainable future.
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“A Sweet and Sublime Enigma” by Martin Ogle
Poems, stories and prose exploring how we are a seamless continuum of Nature.
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This story, while fictitious, is inspired by a speech given by Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, at Independence Hall on July 4, 1994, on the occasion of his being presented the Philadelphia Liberty Medal. The paragraph noted by the asterisk is a very close paraphrase of a portion of Mr. Havel’s speech. His entire speech can be found in the July 8, 1994, New York Times OP-ED section.View: Story of the Land by Martin Ogle
This paper was written by Martin Ogle for a conference of the North American Association for Environment Education in 2004, when Mr. Ogle worked as the Chief Naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority. Martin has recently founded Entrepreneurial Earth LLC, a mindset conducive to the practical development of sustainable and thriving human culture.View: Gaia Theory Article by Martin Ogle
Excerpts from “Gaia in Turmoil; Climate Change, Biodepletion, and Earth Ethics in an Age of Crisis”: An edited volume with contributions from scientists, educators, historians and more (including chapter by Martin Ogle).View: Chapter 3, “How the Biosphere Works” by Tyler Volk View: Chapter 16, “Gaia Theory: Model and Metaphor for the 21st Century” by Martin Ogle
Published Articled on Gray is Green:
Gaia – An Ancient Myth Awakens Through Science!
The Gaia Hypothesis Is Still Giving Us Feedback; Revisiting James Lovelock’s theory as it approaches 50. An article by James F. Kasting, a planetary scientist/geoscientist at Penn State University.
NASA’s “Earth Right Now; Your Planet is Changing, We’re on it.” – An excellent compendium of imagery and data from NASA: View Here
The classic “Earthrise” (Apollo 8, December 1968), first time humans saw Earth against the void context of space: View Here
“Black Marble” Earth at night, good for quickly discerning how urban parts of the world are: View Here
Original “Blue Marble” (Apollo 17, 1972): View Here
“Pale Blue Dot” (Voyager 1, 1990). Carl Sagan wanted a picture of a tiny Earth awash in a sea of stars. This image is subtle in its beauty, but Sagan’s romantic musings it inspired make it great: View Here
A series of beautiful NASA shots of Earth: View Here
Sunset over the Pacific Ocean south of Japan as seen from the ISS: View Here
40 pages of NASA Earth photos: View Here
NOAA Data Sets – imagery and videos of a wide variety of Earth systems: View Here