Earth as context or an afterthought?

For most news outlets, Earth is an afterthought.

One example is the BBC app where “Earth” is number seven out of eight categories, after travel and before sport. It’s presented as an afterthought, as something peripheral and for those especially interested.

In reality, Earth is the context for everything. Earth is what gives us life and sustains us and every single one of our activities and interests. We are local aspects and expressions of Earth.

When we place Earth as an afterthought, it says something about our anthropocentric worldview. We have metaphorically placed Earth as number seven on our list of priorities because, for a long time, we could, and that’s what has led to our global ecological overshoot and the ecological crisis we now find ourselves in.

Hopefully, with our escalating ecological crisis, we’ll sober up and recognize Earth as all there is for us, and the context for our lives and everything we value.


DRAFT FRAGMENTS

Earth as primary or an afterthought?

Earth is primary, but not for BBC

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Note: I initially used the language “Earth is primary” since it fits with the numbering theme from the BBC app. It has some unfortunate connotations, so I changed it to “Earth is the context for everything”. It’s more accurate.

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For most news outlets, Earth is an afterthought.

For instance, on the BBC app, “Earth” is number six out of seven categories. It’s presented as an afterthought, as something for especially interested like sport.

In reality, Earth is everything for us. Earth is what gives us life and sustains us and every single one of our activities and interests. We are local aspects and expressions of Earth. Earth is primary in every sense.

Placing Earth topics as an afterthought says something about our anthropocentric worldview. We have metaphorically placed Earth as number six on our priorities because we could.

It’s an outdated view, and I am slightly surprised that the major news outlets don’t recognize it and make changes in how they report and what they prioritize.

With our escalating climate crisis, they may eventually choose to place it as number one.

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For instance, on the BBC app, “Earth” is included, which is good, but it’s listed as number six out of seven. It’s presented as an afterthought, as something for especially interested like sport.

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Placing Earth topics as an afterthought says something about our anthropocentric worldview. We have metaphorically placed Earth as number six on our priorities because we could. We were few enough and had simple enough technology so we could afford to pretend that we were primary and Earth was an afterthought, a place to get resources and put our waste. We could afford to live in that illusion for a while, and now it’s different. Now, reality calls us to sober up and place Earth as number one, as it always has been.

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For BBC and most other news outlets, Earth and sustainability is an afterthought.

For instance, on the BBC app, “Earth” is listed as number six out of seven categories. It’s presented as an afterthought, as something for especially interested like sport.

In reality, Earth is everything for us. Earth is what gives us life and sustains us and every single of our activities and interests. We are local aspects and expressions of Earth. Earth is primary in every sense.

Placing Earth topics as an afterthought says something about our anthropocentric worldview. It’s an outdated view, and I am slightly surprised that the major news outlets don’t recognize it and make changes in how they report and what they prioritize.

With our escalating climate crisis, they may well choose to place it as number one eventually.

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