Peter Reason is a writer who aims to link the tradition of nature writing with the ecological crisis of our times, drawing on scientific, ecological, philosophical and spiritual sources. He is presently collaborating with artist Sarah Gillespie, drawing together words and images in ‘Love Letters to the Earth’. His two recent books, Spindrift: A wilderness pilgrimage at sea (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014) and In Search of Grace: An ecological pilgrimage (Earth Books 2017) weave explorations of the human place in the ecology of the planet into the stories of sailing voyages. He writes a regular column in Resurgence & Ecologist; and has contributed to EarthLines, GreenSpirit, Zoomorphic, LossLit, The Island Review, and The Clearing. Prior to retirement from academia, Peter contributed to the theory and practice of action research in writing, teaching and research. Professor Emeritus at the University of Bath, his on-line presence is through http://www.peterreason.eu and on Twitter @peterreason.
moments from Peter’s blog …
I want to be part of a change in the way we modern humans live on our planet. I know there are all kinds of good ideas around about how to make the way we live and our economics, energy production, manufacturing, consumption more sustainable. But I believe there is a deeper question, it’s not only about what we do but how we experience ourselves. We are, after all, just another species, an ordinary (and extraordinary) member of the community of life on earth. It’s just that we don’t think of ourselves like that very often….
Through my adult life I was, in a modest sense, a man in search of a mission, on occasion touching on a contribution I found truly worthwhile. Now I can say with Mary Oliver that ‘My work is loving the world’. More than that, I can say the world and the universe loves in return—not in any particular or humanist sense, not in the sense that we are in any more special than other beings—but simply and beautifully in the sense that we evolved with and are part of the community of life that evolved on Earth.
The task of my later years is to articulate that insight and clearly and as beautifully as I am able.