About Joseph Bonasia
I am motivational speaker who speaks about our relationship to this earth. Specifically, I talk about biophilia, the scientific hypothesis that human beings have an innate love of nature, and I talk about how our spiritual and cultural values impact our relationship to the natural world in ways that are both healthy and harmful for us and the earth. But I approach these topics in very human terms. As a teacher of literature and writing for over thirty years, I know the best way to inspire change is to influence people’s minds by first appealing to their hearts. My presentations are educational and stimulating, but listener-friendly, employing story, humor, fact, and poetry to engage and motivate listeners to change how they live their daily lives for their own good and for that of the earth.
Passionate about the written and spoken word, I have had poems published in respected haiku journals, articles published in major
- Biophilia: Can You Feel It Now?
In 1984, renowned Harvard Professor E.O.Wilson hypothesized that because human beings evolved in nature, our brains are hardwired for a close relationship to the natural world. Since then, research regarding the biophilia hypothesis suggests “that human identity and personal fulfillment somehow depend on our relationship to nature. The human need for nature is linked not just to the material exploitation of the environment, but also to the influence of the natural world on our emotional, cognitive, aesthetic, and even spiritual development.” An appreciation for how much we love and need the natural world is critical if we are to save it from the damage we are currently causing it.
- Cotton Doesn’t Grow on Trees and The Great Lesson of Spiritual Traditions
In Laudato Si’, his encyclical on the environment, Pope Francis writes that mankind is confronted with a great cultural challenge if we are to save the planet from irreparable harm as well as spare the poor the crushing hardship that climate change will inflict upon them. “We need to take up an ancient lesson found in different religious traditions and also in the Bible,” he says. “It is the conviction that ‘less is more’…It is not a lesser life or one lived with less intensity. On the contrary, it is a way of living life to the full.” In this talk, I illustrate how values universal to the world’s faith-traditions enrich our lives and preserve the health of the planet, in contrast to the values of our consumer culture that do just the opposite. This talk can also focus solely and in greater detail on Laudato Si’. No book I know deals more wisely and honestly with the clash between culture and environment than does the Pope’s encyclical, which was addressed to all people, not just Roman Catholics.