Imagining Gaia, the Earth, as 'one great, living organism' May 2, 2021

from PRI: Science, Tech & Environment· ·

Over 50 years ago, scientist James Lovelock hit upon the idea that Earth is a complex, self-regulating organism. At the suggestion of a friend, novelist William Golding, he called his idea the Gaia hypothesis, after the Greek goddess who symbolizes Earth. Simply put, the Gaia hypothesis says that Earth is a living system and uses similar mechanisms that living creatures use to stay alive, by constantly regulating temperature, chemical and physical inputs and outputs and adaptation through evolution. Lovelock, who turned 101 in 2021, came up with his idea in the 1960s, when NASA asked him to see if his …

James Lovelock's hypothesis could unlock a whole-systems approach to protecting the amazing life forms on Earth.