Barry Commoner, scientist-activist, whose ability to identify and explain complex ecological crises and advocate radical solutions made him a pillar of the environmental movement, died last week. Source
Commoner whose seminal 1971 book, “The Closing Circle: Man, Nature and Technology,” argued for the connectedness of humans and the natural world.
Commoner was particularly known for boiling down his philosophy to four simple principles as he wrote in “The Closing Circle.”
Four simple rules that still have huge relevance today in the world of built environment sustainability and resilience:
- Everything is connected to everything else.
- Everything must go somewhere.
- Nature knows best.
- There is no such thing as a free lunch