Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Saving Gaia

Mediacorp is currently running a publicity blitz of spreading the Green Message with the overarching theme ‘Saving Gaia’.

‘Gaia’ has become one of the hottest words in Singapore these days, but what is ‘Gaia’? Some Singaporeans even pronounced ‘Gaia’ as ‘Kaya’, slighting the Green Message campaign.

So what is ‘Gaia’?

Dr James Ephraim Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS (born 26 July 1919) is an independent scientist, author, researcher, environmentalist, and futurist who lives in Cornwall, in the south west of Great Britain. He is known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, in which he postulates that the Earth functions as a kind of superorganism.
James Lovelock defined Gaia as:

a complex entity involving the Earth's biosphere, atmosphere, oceans, and soil; the totality constituting a feedback or cybernetic system which seeks an optimal physical and chemical environment for life on this planet.

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