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  1. Book Reviews • Structure of the book review • Each book review has a catchy title that is different than the book • Holt: Reconciliation Ecology or Resignation Ecology? The challenge of living with nature • Brooks: Rose tinted ecology • Holt 9 paragraphs • Brooks 6 paragraphs

  2. Holt Review • Jeremiah: (Old Testament) an Israelite prophet who is remembered for his angry lamentations (jeremiads) about the wickedness of his people (circa 626-587 BC) • Jeremiads-A literary work or speech expressing a bitter lament or a righteous prophecy of doom

  3. Juggernaut : a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way • Juggernaut (jug-uhr-nawt) • A deity in Hinduism, considered a deliverer from sin. His image is carried on a large wagon in an annual procession in India, and according to legend the wagon crushed worshipers who threw themselves under it.

  4. Juggernaut • The word is derived from the SanskritJagannātha, meaning "Lord of the universe"; it is one of the many names of Krishna from the ancient Vedic scriptures of India. One of the most famous of Indian temples is the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa, which has the Ratha Yatra (chariot procession), an annual procession of chariots carrying the murtis/statues of Jagannâth (Lord Krishna), Subhadra and Baladeva (Krishna's elder brother). During the British colonial era, Christian missionaries promulgated a myth that Hindu devotees of Krishna were lunatic fanatics who threw themselves under the wheels of these chariots in order to attain salvation. Such a description can also be found in the popular fourteenth-century work "The Travels of Sir John Mandeville." The fact is that devotees have sometimes been crushed accidentally in the past as the massive 45 foot tall, multi-ton chariot slipped out of control. Many have also been killed in the resulting stampedes. The sight led the Britons to use the word "Juggernaut" to refer to other instances of unstoppable, crushing forces. • In modern times, the government officers and temple priests managing the festival take elaborate precautions to protect people from injury during these processions.

  5. The Car of Juggernaut, as depicted in the 1851 Illustrated London Reading Book

  6. Brooks wonders if reconciliation ecology can be achieved in tropical countries which are biodiversity hotspots. • Require bilateral and multilateral cooperation. • Finishes with an example of a reconciliation project in Columbia. •

  7. “The call of the Colombian clergy to substitute cut wax palm fronds for seedlings of the same species-for planting as habitat for the Critically Endangered yellow-eared parrot- in the annual Semana Santa (week of Saints) is a particularly good one. “

  8. Santa Marta Parakeet Pyrrhura viridicataoccupies its first nest-box in a Wax Palm Ceroxylon ceriferumaround 20 feet above the ground In May we installed 48 artificial nest-boxes at theEl Dorado Nature Reservein the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. The Santa Marta Parakeet (Pyrrhura viridicata)occupied its first nest-box which was installed in a Wax Palm (Ceroxylon ceriferum)20 feet above the ground in an open cattle-grazing area adjacent to the reserve. The box was occupied by four individuals (presumably two pairs) which guarded the nest, two chicks hatched four days ago and there are still two eggs left. Our field staff were surprised at such a quick use of the nest-box, having believed that the breeding season had finished in April/May when several groups of juveniles were recorded in the foraging areas.