Oikos, Gaia, and Earth System Science: Our Planet’s Blueprints for Human Energy Systems

Martin Ogle, Founder, Entrepreneurial Earth, LLC


Simple and sophisticated lessons and insights for the future of human energy systems bubble up scientifically and metaphorically from our planet. Join Clean Energy Action for a presentation by biologist and educator, Martin Ogle, sure to make you think and renew your energy for renewable energy! Martin will illuminate the parallels between geophysiology and human metabolism, explore ways that human development can mimic symbiotic evolution and tease out a new brand of entrepreneurship from ancient and modern understandings of the human mind.

Background Info

Martin Ogle

Martin Ogle graduated from Colorado State University in 1982 with a degree in Wildlife Biology. He spent a 27 year career as Chief Naturalist for the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority during which time he oversaw the installation of solar energy and energy efficiency measures and initiated energy education programs in the early 1990s.

Martin is an advocate of Earth Science (especially through Gaia Theory – the scientific idea of Earth as a living system) for advancing sustainability. He gave lectures and courses at schools, universities, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S.D.A. Graduate School, libraries, and many other organizations in 7 states, 3 countries and Puerto Rico.

Martin served on a variety of boards and task forces in Arlington, Virginia related to energy, sustainability and environment. In 2012, he was presented the Arlington Green Patriot Award for his outstanding work in sustainability by George Mason University, the Arlington Department of Environmental Services, Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment.

After retiring from the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority last year, Martin moved to Louisville, Colorado with his wife, Lisa, and his twins, Cyrus and Linnea and started his own business, Entrepreneurial Earth, LLC.

Power Point

Gaia, Oikos and Earth System Sci, August 2013