"Land, then, is not merely soil; it is a fountain of energy flowing through a circuit of soils, plants, and animals. Food chains are the living channels which conduct energy upward; death and decay return it to the soil."
(A Sand County Almanac)
We usually think of the commons as “out there,” a place or a material thing. In fact, the real commons includes the relationship of the human species with the place, matter, or energy field.
Andreas Weber, in an article in The Wealth of the Commons says we humans are part of the commons. “Each ecosystem,” he says, “is the sum of many rules, interactions, and streams of matter, which share common principles. This…follows the fact that living beings do not only use the commons provided by nature, but are physically and relationally a part of them. The individual’s existence is inextricably linked to the existence of the overarching system.” We are partners with land, air, water, and energy.