If you have not done so, please read the Healing Earth Introduction before proceeding through this chapter. The Introduction gives you background terms and explanations necessary for understanding the chapter.
All human societies depend on Earth's natural resources for sustenance and material well-being. Tragically, human beings are extracting non-renewable resources at a rate that will exhaust limited global supplies, and we are simultaneously degrading ecosystems to such an extent that many renewable resources, such as wild fisheries, are at risk of being unavailable for future generations. Major changes in human behavior will have to accompany any realistic attempt to preserve and protect Earth's precious natural resources.
Meeting this challenge must begin with a thorough understanding of the science behind natural resources. Similarly, any proposed actions will require careful ethical analysis and spiritual reflection. As with every topic in Healing Earth, natural resources must be approached from the standpoint of an integral ecology--a standpoint that integrates science, ethics, spirituality, and action.