I am linking to this article as James Lovelock’s Gaia theory was one of the central theories that we study in holistic science. Reading Lovelock you come into intimate contact with just how interconnected we all are, and how interdependent.
We have learned so much about our home planet in the three decades since James Lovelock wrote Gaia: A New Look at Life on Earth (Oxford, 1979). Has the book stood the test of time?
To reread Gaia is to be reminded about how little we knew about our own planet in 1979, and how much of what we now know began to emerge as Lovelock and other scientists addressed some of the questions raised in this remarkable book: the first of a series of books that have developed, propagated and defended a remarkable and enduring idea.
Of course Gaia theory for me very much reflects the wisdom of the American Indians, reflected beautifully in this quote by Chief Seattle:
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.
You may also be interested to read the latest paper by my fellow student Ben Hanbury: The Emerging Face of Gaia