Gaia and the Planet Earth

Sep 17, 2019 by

Back in the 1970s, James Lovelock came up with a scientific theory about the planet, to which he gave the name The Gaia Theory. Little did he know how this would take off and be adopted in by ecologists and environmentalists to describe the nature of the biosphere as a living entity. Basically, his theory was that the biosphere behaves as if it is a living organism. It self-regulates and maintains a delicate balance that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. He named the idea after Gaia, the primordial goddess who personified the Earth in Greek mythology. If he’d called it the Lovelock Theory, it might have sunk without trace! Naming his theory after Gaia spoke directly into many religious traditions that see the earth as a living...

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