Hot Water at Walden Pond

 

One of the very first excursions I took into deep ecology was almost 40 years ago when for the first time I picked up Henry Thoreau’s book “Walden”. For those who don’t know it the book is an account of the several years Thoreau spent living in a homemade hut by the side of Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

Added on 20 May 2014 by Chris Nichols

The lake at Walden Pond

One of the very first excursions I took into deep ecology was almost 40 years ago when for the first time I picked up Henry Thoreau’s book “Walden”. For those who don’t know it the book is an account of the several years Thoreau spent living in a homemade hut by the side of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. You can get the whole book these days on the web: I am not sure Thoreau would have been too pleased about this but here it is Walden I don’t like the book particularly it is of its era and Thoreau was in my view a bit on the self-righteous side. But he was rigorous in his personal rebellion against the nonsense he saw in the emerging society of C19th America and his deep engagement with nature and simple living has echoed through time since. So a new book that caught my eye recently was Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods (find more at Walden Warming). Richard Primack is Professor of Biology at Boston and is more used to writing academic papers. But he is also keen to make sure the general public has an awareness of the reality of climate change and its implications so he too has spent a year by Walden Pond tracking the changes that a warming climate has brought to Thoreau’s pond home. Primack’s work is interesting in other respects to our MSc students. He draws on the work of citizen scientists using observations and journals from many sources – a form of collaborative knowing. And his move from academic to public forum is a wonderful example of shifting your role in a system to create new potential for learning and change – a theme at the heart of our MSc. Chris Nichols is Co-Director of the Ashridge MSc in Sustainability and Responsibility