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Our restoration ecologist Jim Laurie shares some of the revolutionary ideas developed by Lynn Margulis on the deep relationship among microbes, and all life including humans. Join us as we explore the importance of microbial activity to restoring ecosystems and reversing global warming.

Meetup hosted by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate on Sunday, June 14th, 2015. Learn more about our organization at www.bio4climate.org.

Our restoration ecologist Jim Laurie shares some of the revolutionary ideas developed by Lynn Margulis on the deep relationship among microbes, and all life including humans. Join us as we explore the importance of microbial activity to restoring ecosystems and reversing global warming.

Meetup hosted by Biodiversity for a Livable Climate on Sunday, June 14th, 2015. Learn more about our organization at www.bio4climate.org.

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  1. 1. Lynn Margulis 1938 - 2011 Symbiogenesis “Her theories on the importance of symbiosis—close partnerships between different life forms in nature - revolutionized our thinking about how life evolves and how earth systems function.” “Brilliant at every turn, she could learn a new language quite thoroughly in months,” “She could quickly digest difficult science concepts and then be able to translate these for others.” - Douglas Zook @ Boston University, 2011 “Life did not take over the globe by combat, but by networking” — Lynn Margulis “The evolution of the eukaryotic cells was the single most important event in the history of the organic world,” said Ernst Mayr, the leading evolutionary biologist of the last century. “Margulis’s contribution to our understanding the symbiotic factors was of enormous importance.” Gaia
  2. 2. Lynn Margulis - Symbiosis is a key to evolution.
  3. 3. 5 Kingdoms “Gaia” The Self-Organizing Planetary Ecosystems regulate planet temperature, ocean salinity, atmospheric oxygen, and many more. Jim Lovelock and Lynn Margulis
  4. 4. Sorin Sonea - Bacteria don’t have species! 1983 Prokaryotology 2001
  5. 5. Baytown Marsh Lab Results In Out Ammonia, ppm 20.51 1.07 (NH3) Chloroform, ppb 14.4 0.3 (CHCl3) BPA, ppb 513 7 (hormone disruptor)
  6. 6. Anoxic Oceans - H2SOcean Methane Release
  7. 7. Biodiverse Past 200 years ago ? 1000 years ago ? 10,000 yrs ago ? NOW Extinction Episode Anoxic Oceans > > Sulfur Extinction (Peter Ward) Methane Ice > atmosphere - Very Hot! (Reg Morrison) Biodiversity Returns Photosynthesis, Humification Infiltration, Transpiration Cover the Ground, Grazing Microbes, Fungi, Dung Beetles Beaver, A Conscious Humanity (Margulis, Todd, Savory, C. Jones, Stamets, Ingham, Shepard, Mitchell-Innes, Judy, Shinn) What Future do You Prefer?
  8. 8. “When you understand the power of self-organization, you begin to understand why biologists worship biodiversity even more than economists worship technology.” “Hierarchical Systems evolve from the bottom up. The purpose of the upper layers of the hierarchy is to serve the purposes of the lower layers.” from Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows Places to Intervene in a System 12. Numbers - “Mostly, the numbers are not worth the sweat put into them” (I’ll skip a few.) 4. Self-Organizing Systems (John Todd & Eco-Machines) 3. Goals (What do you want? - Allan Savory & HM) 2. Paradigms (Lynn Margulis - Microbial Symbiosis) 1. Transforming Paradigms (questioning your own beliefs and paradigms)
  9. 9. Paul Stamets

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