Get Outside and Look Up

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SOMETIMES PROFUNDITY is best expressed through the shortest, simplest statements. Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.

Rocky Mountain National Park Timelapse: 100 Years of National Parks

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Here’s a timelapse series I took yesterday at Rocky Mountain National Park to celebrate 100 years of service and conservation by the National Park Service. Admission to most parks in the U.S. is free this weekend. WELL DONE. And hey…If you like the video, share it! Will Burcher is a former police officer and current author of “The GAIAD,” a story of ancient secrets not quite forgotten and the positive power of global perspective. He lives and works in Colorado, USA. SUBSCRIBE for a chance to WIN A signed edition of The GAIAD. Join the conversation. EARTH. SPACE. INSPIRATION. EVERY 10th subscriber will receive a print edition of THE GAIAD, a new science fiction novel, signed by the author. Subscribers will also receive a 20% discount on the book—our thanks for being part of a conversation that WANTS TO BE HAD.    

The Nature Conservancy Colorado

Which way do we go? The Nature Conservancy Colorado is trying to keep places like this (Aiken Canyon, near Colorado Springs) protected and available for future generations.

“Our natural resources are at the heart of our quality of life in Colorado—from the fresh water we drink and the clean air we breathe to our economic prosperity and world-renowned recreational opportunities. But Colorado’s environment continues to face many challenges. Our population is expected to nearly double by 2050. Increased needs for food, water and energy will further strain Colorado’s natural systems.” —Carlos Fernandez, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Colorado I BELIEVE IN CONSERVATION. It is the most simple, effective way to ensure a balance between human economic activity and the needs of the natural environment. I am a strong advocate of the idea that “we” (humans, humanity, corporations, government, Wal-Mart) have utilized (or exploited) enough of the natural world for our purposes. We should now be seeking balance. The most glaringly obvious way to accomplish this is to set land aside, to restrain ourselves, to stand up … READ MORE…

A Green Caplitalist’s Manifesto

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cap·i·tal·ism ˈkapədlˌizəm/ noun an economic and political system in which a country’s trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.  green ɡrēn/ adjective relating to the natural world and the impact of human activity on its condition. I am an environmentalist. I am also a capitalist—one who believes in the rightness of a free market economy. The two are not mutually exclusive. In direct opposition to others who claim to be supporters of libertarian market ideals, I will state without reservation that human activity is absolutely responsible for a warming planet, and that our economic activities have drastic impacts on the wider environment. We reside in the Anthropocene Epoch—a period of future history defined as any other geological epic would be, only one marked indiscreetly by the negative external effects of our consumptions, wastes, destructions. This kind of environmental degradation is not inherent, however, … READ MORE…

SPACE and Environmentalism in The GAIAD

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I recently had a conversation with an environmentalist author whose mind I very much respect, concerning my assertions on space (and specifically manned spaceflight), and it got me thinking. Some, who haven’t read The GAIAD yet, might be surprised that space figures prominently in the story. This is certainly my fault—putting the rear profile of a long-haired, well-muscled shirtless man holding an obsidian-tipped spear on the cover. But really, space in The GAIAD is represented as a reflection of my own personal beliefs: we as a species must continue to move outward and explore the ultimate frontier—for the good of ourselves and for the good of our planet. My friend argued that the space program, with its massive financial and energetic expenditures (as well as the atmospheric pollution resulting from rocket launches), is a luxury that humanity cannot currently afford. I respectfully disagreed with him. The environmental effects of space-related … READ MORE…