Local Shades of Green columnist launches three-volume compilation

Ray Grigg introduces The EcoTrilogy to the Comox Valley on March 24

Ray Grigg, internationally known author of books on Eastern philosophy, is also know locally as an environmental columnist who wrote the weekly Shades of Green article in Campbell River and Courtenay newspapers for many years.

He recently published a three-volume collection of the most important and durable of these pieces. He will be at Laughing Oyster Bookshop in Courtenay on Saturday, March 24, at 1 p.m. to introduce The EcoTrilogy and sign copies.

Each volume of The EcoTrilogy comprises 64 essays selected from more than 750 that appeared in newspapers, magazines and online between 2000 and 2016.

All selections have been updated, expanded, deepened and footnoted to befit their new incarnation in book form.

When read in their entirety, they are a comprehensive and realistic analysis of our present environmental situation. Individually, they fit into three loose categories: philosophical, psychological and biophysical, becoming, respectively, the volumes of The EcoTrilogy series: Ecologos, Ecopathy and Ecocide.

Ecologos explores the pervasive cultural values underlying our individual and collective behaviour, those powerfully motivating forces—often functioning below our immediate awareness—that comprise the essential milieu in which we feel, think and act.

Ecopathy is a survey of this behaviour from a closer perspective, documenting the ways in which we frequently subvert our best interests by inflicting egregious damage on our planet’s ecosystems.

And Ecocide provides specific examples of the inevitable consequences when our culture expresses these destructive philosophical and psychological attributes.

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