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The Flutter of a Butterfly’s Wings

Updated: Jul 10, 2023


A phrase introduced by Mathematician Edward Lorenz, The Butterfly Effect, refers to the notion that small causes can have more significant unpredictable effects. In other words, small things matter because we are all connected to a greater whole.


In Lorenz’s explanation, the extraordinary idea is that the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a ripple effect producing a hurricane somewhere in the earth’s atmosphere. Our logical minds struggle with believing this notion. But our hearts love the idea.


The belief that the smallest, lightest thing could have such massive consequences challenges our rational minds. But think of the canary in the coal mine for inspiration. Perhaps the monarch, and other butterflies, are our early warning signs of something dangerous looming ahead.


The Monarch butterfly was placed on the endangered species list in July 2022. This familiar butterfly is in danger of disappearing. Sadly, the monarch butterfly is not alone in this predicament.


Many butterfly species native to the western United States have dwindled over the past several decades. This is attributed to habitat loss due to wildfires and pesticide exposure from agriculture.


30% of the proceeds from the sale of The Uttermost Butterfly Coloring Book will be donated to the Conservation Foundation.






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