Let’s imagine you’re a fairly prolific recycler. You religiously separate your plastics, glass, metal, paper, and you even live in a place where your separated trash is collected and disposed of accordingly. You also compost, ride your bike to work, and eat local dairy and produce. You were so moved by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, that you have since tweaked your daily behaviors in an attempt to reduce your energy consumption and carbon footprint. You use your purchasing power as a consumer to buy from eco-friendly enterprise and occasionally your heart bleeds when thinking about the depletion and destruction of the earth and her natural resources.While your efforts are commendable, environmentalist Richard Luov would diagnose you with “nature-deficit disorder.” In all of your empathy and romantic compassion for Mother Nature, he would argue that you have alienated yourself from her, and forfeited the intimate connection between humanity and nature. Humans and nature coexist in what William McDonough and Michael Braungart define as, the Life Upcycle. This is the symbiotic relationship between the two towards exponential growth; a precondition to life!