Vol 30 No 1 (2014)

Darwin On Fire

Leonard Charles Yannielli
Naugatuck Valley Community College


The welding of environment, evolution and history was crucial to ecology, and to the deep ecology movement. Along side this was the discovery that our species was a product of the same natural forces that generated the cycad and the albatross. The crucible of these connections was along the wind swept shores of Tierra del Fuego. It was in the fertile mind of Charles Darwin, the volunteer naturalist aboard the H.M.S. Beagle, that these ideas were percolating. In the new millennium, the author experiences the land and the Yahgan people, whose ancestors interacted with Darwin. These experiences during a number of international expeditions to Isla Navarino, Chile, along with Darwin’s experiences and thoughts, help reveal our species as a product of wilderness and wildness.