10 episodes

How do you save a world on the brink of annihilation? What can be done to combat climate change, mass extinction, desertification, dying oceans, and other existential crises? Nature has the answers we need. The only way out of this mess is to come up with practical action plans that will bring human activity back into balance with nature and align every aspect of our lives more closely with the web of life. New scientific approaches like biomimicry and symbiotics are taking their cues from nature. In this podcast, we discuss real-world plans and strategies to protect the Earth's beauty and resources for future generations. We look at ways to derive inspiration from nature while touching on a broad range of topics, including health, economics, global leadership, culture, energy, urban design, agriculture, housing, education, transportation, and psychology. Our featured guests include planets heroes and visionaries offering state-of-the-art solutions to the most urgent global problems.

Nature Am I Dr. Victor Shamas

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How do you save a world on the brink of annihilation? What can be done to combat climate change, mass extinction, desertification, dying oceans, and other existential crises? Nature has the answers we need. The only way out of this mess is to come up with practical action plans that will bring human activity back into balance with nature and align every aspect of our lives more closely with the web of life. New scientific approaches like biomimicry and symbiotics are taking their cues from nature. In this podcast, we discuss real-world plans and strategies to protect the Earth's beauty and resources for future generations. We look at ways to derive inspiration from nature while touching on a broad range of topics, including health, economics, global leadership, culture, energy, urban design, agriculture, housing, education, transportation, and psychology. Our featured guests include planets heroes and visionaries offering state-of-the-art solutions to the most urgent global problems.

    Nature Am I, Episode 12: Blueprints for Sustainability (Marcin Jakubowski, Part 1)

    Nature Am I, Episode 12: Blueprints for Sustainability (Marcin Jakubowski, Part 1)

    This special episode of Nature Am I features Part 1 of a two-part conversation with Marcin Jakubowski (pronounced MAR-chin  Ya-coo-VOV-ski), the founder of Open Source Ecology.  In his inspiring 2011 TED talk, "Open-Sourced Blueprints for Civilization," which has garnered close to two million views so far, Marcin tells the remarkable story of how he developed the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS), a set of 50 of the most important machines for modern life. Through an open, collaborative process, he and a team of volunteer designers, engineers and builders have been developing and fabricating these machines, which include tractors, ovens, and circuit makers. All of the blueprints are open source, making them available to anyone seeking to build this technology for themselves. Part of Marcin's vision is to create prosperity at a local level by empowering individuals and communities with the skills needed to fabricate what he calls "democratic technology." Such technology can serve human needs, free people from material constraints, and unleash human potential.
    The machines that make up the GVCS are intended to be robust, modular, low-cost, efficient, and made from locally-sourced and recycled materials. Marcin envisions a process in which most, if not all, of the starting materials can be found in the "earth and twigs beneath our feet." His ideas point the way to a future in which all technology is sustainable, local communities are resilient and self-sufficient, garbage and waste are non-existent, and the population has the technical literacy needed for economic freedom, prosperity, and self-determination.
    Part 2 of this conversation can be found in Episode 13 of the podcast, to be released by the end of February 2021. On this episode, you will hear the following topics:
    5:27- Technology that serves human needs
    8:01- The product selection metric for the GVCS
    11:30- The open-source model applied to hardware
    12:55 Three ways that the GVCS can get built
    15:08- 3D printing
    17:58- Building an advanced civilization from dirt and twigs
    19:40- Three levels of recycling
    22:06- Lifetime design
    26:00- Open-source microfactories
    27:15- How to build it yourself
    28:03- The need for localized production
    29:13- Sustainable regenerative technology
    30:25- Economic localization and ecological integrity
    31:30- Natural law in ecological design
    33:13- Eliminating the waste stream

    • 37 min
    Nature Am I, Episode 11: Nature is God

    Nature Am I, Episode 11: Nature is God

    Here, we explore the relationship between Nature, on the one hand, and religion and spirituality, on the other, focusing on the concept of God. Topics include:
    1:13- Religion has failed to live up to its promise
    2:45- The growing trend of religious disaffiliation
    3:36- Why spirituality is misguided
    4:04- The concept of God
    5:04- The damage caused by dualism
    5:50- Wholeness in Nature
    7:21- Why the distinction between Nature and human makes no sense
    8:43- Experience your body!
    9:10- Creativity and desire
    9:41- Replacing spirituality with Naturality
    10:19- Creating paradise on Earth
    11:13- Fully aligned with Nature
    12:29- Experience the wonders of this world
    12:57- Nothing is "supernatural"
    13:51- Reversing the damage humanity has caused

    • 15 min
    Nature Am I, Episode 10: Yoga, Nature & the Body, with Joseph Le Page

    Nature Am I, Episode 10: Yoga, Nature & the Body, with Joseph Le Page

    Integrative Yoga Therapy founder and yoga scholar Joseph Le Page discusses the role of nature in yoga and the relationship between nature and humans. Our conversation touches upon the following topics:
    3:12- Knowing the true self (purusha)
    6:52- Lower mind (manas) vs. higher mind (buddhi)
    10:08- The need for spiritual culture
    11:34- Nature (prakriti) and spirit
    14:25- Seeing Nature in a new way
    16:10- Patanjali's view of Nature 
    18:41- Duality (samkhya) and non-duality (vedanta)
    20:04- The practice and qualities of samadhi
    21:45- Nature and the deity of creation (Ishvara)
    24:00- One enlightenment, many paths
    25:58- The essence of Tantra
    27:20- The purpose of living (dharma)
    29:04- The concept of kaivalya
    33:20- Kaivalya in the ecological movement
    35:12- The end of evolution
    36:50- Samadhi in the body (nirbijah samadhi)
    41:47- Becoming one with Nature
    43:52-Co-dependence in the ecological movement
     
    Excellent video of Joseph Le Page speaking about nirbija samadhi:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONh0U-VgEMg
    For more information about Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT):
    https://www.iytyogatherapy.com/
    YouTube channel for IYT:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0LXPRN8sEAybb0YNjSPM4g
     
     

    • 47 min
    Nature Am I, Episode 8: Unpaving Paradise: A Conversation with Richard Heinberg

    Nature Am I, Episode 8: Unpaving Paradise: A Conversation with Richard Heinberg

    On this episode, Richard Heinberg of the Post Carbon Institute discusses strategies for increasing sustainability and building community resilience. He touches on many of his seminal writings, including his books,  Our Renewable Future, The End of Growth, Power Down, and Memories and Visions of Paradise, as well as his award-winning Museletter. Our conversation covered the following topics:
    Immanuel Velikovsky's World in Collision (4:30)
    Visions of Paradise (6:53)
    Paradise as connection to Nature (9:08)
    Global disturbances caused by unsustainable practices (11:09)
    The need for community resilience (14:09)
    Balancing global and local perspectives (15:56)
    Protecting information in a post-carbon age (18:39)
    How our energy use is destroying the natural world (21:00)
    Making society more sustainable (23:15)
    Shifting away from unlimited growth (23:54)
    Steady-state economies (27:14)
    Time banking and income disparity (29:14)
    Coalition-building (30:37)
    Making non-profits more resilient (32:52)
    Building community resilience (34:55)
    Opportunities for idealists (36:35)
    Practices and principles of sustainability (38:34)
    Profit vs. Beauty as sources of motivation (41:39)
    Learn more about Richard Heinberg and the Post Carbon Institute.
    Listen to other episodes of the Nature Am I podcast or read our blog.

    • 45 min
    Nature Am I Episode 7: Remaking the World through Nature Inspiration

    Nature Am I Episode 7: Remaking the World through Nature Inspiration

    Discover what it means and takes to remake the world. Find out the creative power inherent in the experience of nature inspiration, why such power is essential at this time in human history, and how you can cultivate it by learning how to embody nature fully. Here are the topics we explore in this episode:
     
    0:58- The need to remake the world
    1:27- Inspiration and creative power
    2:10- Embodying nature through nature inspiration
    2:33- The world is not as it appears
    3:18- Schrodinger on the myth of objectivity
    4:22- Bohm and Einstein weigh in on consciousness and imagination
    4:52- How the mind limits experience
    5:37- Nature as dynamic wholeness
    5:52- Bohm: Continuity is an illusion
    6:16- Analogy between perceived reality and a movie
    6:54- Re-creating reality at every moment (TD Suzuki quote)
    7:41- The dynamics of creation in the natural world
    9:06- Humans as the creative aspect of nature
    9:42- Embodying nature by transcending limitations
    10:56- Paradise and nature alignment
    11:24- The six qualities that give rise to inspiration
    12:04- Why experience nature inspiration?
    13:11- Stability and energy in nature
    14:14- How energy is building towards an enormous release
    15:16- Two ways to attain stability through energy release
    16:58- Showing the world the way to a more stable condition
    17:23- Accessing nature's wisdom
    17:54- Visionaries that offer a clear path to a stable, thriving way of life
     
     
     

    • 19 min
    Nature Am I, Episode 6: Last Born in the Wilderness, Conversation with Patrick Farnsworth

    Nature Am I, Episode 6: Last Born in the Wilderness, Conversation with Patrick Farnsworth

    For eight years, Patrick Farnsworth has been addressing environmental issues in his insightful podcast, "Last Born in the Wilderness" (https://www.lastborninthewilderness.com). Here, he discusses his podcast, the deeper implications of ecological collapse, the significance of the current COVID-19 pandemic, and whether or not there are grounds for hope in the face of a potential apocalypse. The conversation includes the following:
     
    6:45  What "Last Born in the Wilderness" signifies
    9:43  The evolution of the podcast and its themes
    12:47 Deeper psychological and emotional aspects of ecological collapse
    13:38 Why ecological collapse was never inevitable
    15:50 Building resilience
    16:35 Blindsided by a pandemic
    18:04 Hope and apocalypse
    20:02 Listening to indigenous people
    20:49 Freedom beyond hope
    21:22 Joe Brewer's work with regenerative hubs
    23:10 Being aligned with nature feels good
    25:02 Dahr Jamail and painful beauty
    27:23 Is humanity an addict hitting bottom?
    33:19 Paradigm shifts can be violent
    34:34 COVID-19 as a wake-up call
    36:03 A sliver of hope
    39:00 No going back
    41:21 Mutual aid in times of crisis
    45:55 Self-care and maintaining balance in chaotic times
    48:21 We Live in the Orbit of Beings Greater than Us

    • 51 min

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