Chris Maser on the changes in thinking needed to save the environment
This week, Dr. Caldicott talks to Chris Maser, author and international consultant in forest ecology and sustainable forestry practices. Trained primarily as a vertebrate zoologist, Maser has spent over 25 years as a research scientist in natural history and ecology, including positions as a research ecologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management for thirteen years from 1974 the last eight studying old-growth forests in western Oregon and a landscape ecologist with the Environmental Protection Agency for one year in 1990. Maser is the author of Resolving Environmental Conflicts and Decision-Making for a Sustainable Environment: A Systemic Approach (Social Environmental Sustainability). Some of the topics covered in this interview include Maser’s theories on adapting to change, relationships between men and women, women’s inequality in a patriarchal order, the prevalence of fear and greed, our connection or lack thereof to the environment, and America’s spiritual bankruptcy. Maser describes his childhood spent in a near-wilderness, and how that shaped his views.