James Lovelock, with biologist Lynn Margulis, developed the Gaia Hypothesis, which is now Gaia Theory . After the massive outpouring of support for the sciences and climate change research from yesterday's Earth Day marches around the U.S. and in Washington, D.C., I felt like honoring their work.
They offered a new, and yet very ancient, one might say "original" paradigm to the scientific community, and to the world. Gaia theory is widely accepted by the Earth Sciences community, and certainly Gaia captured the imagination and hearts of many others in my generation - to artists, mythologists, philosophers and theologians. Lovelock proposed that the Earth is a living being, self-regulating, interdependant in all its systems, responsive to change. And we participate in that organism's evolution.
"Once upon a time the Word for World was Mother."