Gaia principle

Gaia: many people are guided or inspired by Gaia principle. It states that the world or the Earth is a living set of systems that all interact as one organism known as Gaia.

The Gaia principle was formulated by chemist James Lovelock and co-developed by microbiologist Lynn Margulis framing their discussion in the lens of Earth system science, biogeochemistry, systems ecology, and geophysiology. 

All organisms create and regulate different substances that a needed for their own and others survival, plants intake carbon dioxide and release oxygen and animals the reverse for example. Organisms influence their environment and the environment influences them as they evolve and respond to each other and bring about a balance. The temperature and the atmosphere are also influenced by living things. Human bodies like other animals rely on millions of near invisible creatures that work together creating a natural balance; our bodies are made up of cells that are all work together. A way the Earth is regulated is through the salinity in the oceans, the more salt in the oceans the less chance for cooling to occur. When the ice caps melt desalination occurs bringing about a slowing of several conveyor belts in the ocean that regulate heat and trigger and ice age, a sort of self-healing process for Gaia. While the scientific principle of Gaia is only recent in the 1970’s, there are several mythic origins of Gaia such as the Greek goddess of the same name.