Happy “Earth Day” to Ya … I think that The Beatles said it best — take it away boys:
The “Gaia hypothesis” proposes that all living things (plants, animals, microbes, us, etc.) interact with all the non-living parts of Earth (rocks, water, gasses, etc.) to form a self-regulating complex system which maintains the conditions for life on the planet. We are all parts of the same whole being!
Thus, we are the “cells” of one very large and complex organism – a being – just the same way that you and I consider ourselves to be a single being. For example green plants act as the “lungs” of our Earth. You and I may be like the red blood cells in the circulatory system, and “The Kardashians”* are like the fecal bacteria in the gut.
Gaia theory can be extrapolated to say that planet Earth is not just LIKE an organism, our planet IS an organism!!!
So Happy Birthday to Gaia! They say it’s your Earthday!
My vision of Gaia Goddess may actually be a little sexier than that envisioned by Environmental Scientist James Lovelock
* Insert your least favorite pop culture phenom here (does not have to be watching the Kardashians).