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By Betty Vanderwielen

Chadwick advocates fundamental reset of our thinking about nature


January 20, 2022

Betty Vanderwielen, Pathfinder

These circle graphs from "Four Fifths a Grizzly" depict the biomass of land dwelling mammals worldwide in 1900 and in 2000. Chadwick told the OBC group, "The blue is us humans, the gray is our livestock, and the green sliver up here is all the wild animals that still exist. Just in the last 50 years, the invertebrates-all the animals with backbones-has fallen by 70%. Where there were 10 animals half a century ago, there are now three. So it doesn't get much more serious than that."

SEELEY LAKE – Doug Chadwick presented his latest book "Four-fifths a Grizzly," to Alpine Artisans' Open Book Club Jan. 15. The book is less about grizzlies and more about us as humans and our continued survival.

Chadwick said, "The idea that we are separate and superior and entitled to do whatever we want as long as we want, that's got to be modified. We have to change that."

Chadwick advocates that humans view themselves, as scientists are discovering more and more to be true, in a symbiotic relationship with nature. He said to him a thriving grizzly population in an area is a guarantee...

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