Thought for the Day
“The first law of ecology is that
everything is related to everything else.”
~ Barry Commoner
(1917 – 2012 )
Born: May 28, 1917
Died: September 30, 2012
Barry Commoner, known as the “Paul Revere of Ecology” was a pioneer in environmental activism. One of Commoner’s lasting legacies is his four laws of ecology, as written in The Closing Circle in 1971.
The four laws are:
- Everything is Connected to Everything Else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.
- Everything Must Go Somewhere. There is no “waste” in nature and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.
- Nature Knows Best. Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is, says Commoner, “likely to be detrimental to that system.”
- There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch. Exploitation of nature will inevitably involve the conversion of resources from useful to useless forms.
Today in History:
- 1864 – The Indian city of Calcutta is almost totally destroyed by a cyclone; 60,000 die.
- 1944 – Suffrage is extended to women in France.
- 1962 – The Beatles first single, “Love Me Do” backed with “P.S. I Love You”, is released in the United Kingdom.
- 1970 – The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is founded.
- 1991 – The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released.
Did You Know?
In 1962, Decca Records rejected the Beatles, saying, “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” Source
- 1919 – Donald Pleasence, English actor (d. 1995)
- 1925 – Gail Davis, American actress (d. 1997)
- 1930 – Pavel Popovich, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 2009)
- 1943 – Steve Miller, American musician (Steve Miller Band)
- 1951 – Bob Geldof, Irish singer (The Boomtown Rats) and activist
- 1957 – Bernie Mac, American actor and comedian (d. 2008)
Holidays and Observances:
- Do Something Nice Day
- World Teachers Day
- Noisy Munching Day.
Today is the 278th day of the year 87 days remain.