[F]or Gaian scientists the reference to the divinity of the Earth reminds us that science can no longer hold to the outdated and dangerous belief that humans can control nature, and urges science to participate in and serve both the human and the more-than human worlds.
Stephan Harding, “Earth System Science and Gaian Science“
Because the cause of the ecological crisis is everything, the solution involves everything too. All healing is part of Earth healing. If we are to issue demands, or perhaps instead, invitations, let us broaden them to include all in need of healing, even and especially those who seem not important: the prisoners, the destitute, the marginalized, the neglected places and people. Humanity is an organ of Gaia too, and Earth will never be healthy if civilization is not.
Charles Eisenstein, “Extinction and the Revolution of Love“
James Lovelock: ‘The biosphere and I are both in the last 1% of our lives’ (The Guardian)
If Gaia theory were better understood, could it be the basis for a creed that fills in the gaps that religion used to fill in terms of living well, living for others, living for future generations?
I think in a way you are right. Nobody fully comprehends Gaia and that includes me, but it’s an easier thing to understand than God and religion. You just have to take those for granted. But with Gaia you can go out in the world and start measuring things.
To name the Goddess, however, is to move from her exclusively green incarnation to a more metaphysical view. For in the late twentieth century the Goddess functions at the center of an immanentist transcendentalism that puts earth – as earth – squarely in the camp of heaven. The Goddess commands a theology and promotes a ritual. She encourages an ethic born in devotion to her, and she brings together a community. Gaia, in short, presides over an authentically American form of paganism.
Catherine L. Albanese, Nature Religion in America
In the Great Enclosure where we are now confined, an eye is fixed on us, but it is not the eye of God fixed on Cain crouching down in the tomb; it is the eye of Gaia looking straight at us, in broad daylight. Impossible, from now on, to remain indifferent. From now on, everything is looking at us.
Bruno Latour, Facing Gaia
The Plague, Ecocide, Thanatos and Gaia
Vita Golden, writing for Village Magazine (Ireland) connects the dots between COVID-19, Neo-liberalism, and Gaia.
Life clearly does more than adapt to the Earth. It changes the Earth to its own purposes. Evolution is a tightly coupled dance, with life and the material environment as partners. From the dance emerges the entity Gaia.
James Lovelock, interview with Lawrence Joseph
Coincidentally, both news items this week involve artistic interpretations of Gaia with links to racial justice.
The world environmental movement is a varied affair; many contingents march beneath its banner. Among these are groups that are prepared to embrace Gaia as the rebirth of paganism in our time; others who take her as a basis for nature mysticism, others who see her as an ally in the politics of ecofeminism. The pronouncements and activities of these followers […] may be a long way from anything a practicing scientist had in mind. Yet here are those who have given the hypothesis, or at least their understanding of it, the emotional and moral force it may need to become politically relevant.
Theodore Roszak, The Voice of the Earth