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Deep Ecology

Deep Ecology is a philosophy that promotes a reconnection with ecological values, and encourages actions that can lead to experiences that transform old ways of thinking and develop a more spiritually connected way of living.

Deep Ecologists believe that humankind has a sacred relationship with Earth and all other living beings, and through such a relationship will develop an international movement for a viable future. On a more individual level, Deep Ecology can provide a path towards self-realisation and a compass for day to day action.

To this end Deep Ecologists support :

  • continuing inquiry into the appropriate human roles on our planet
  • root cause analysis of unsustainable practices
  • reduction of human consumption
  • the conservation and restoration of ecosystems
  • a life of committed action for Earth

Many of the ideas of Deep Ecology have been expounded in the book The monkey wrench gang[?] by Edward Abbey[?]. The book is about four saboteurs out to fight against what they view as anti-environmental atrocities, for example dams. Dave Foreman[?] is another primary thinker of the Deep Ecology movement.

In recent years there has been considerable debate between Deep Ecologists and the Social ecology movement led by Murray Bookchin.

External Links

The Deep Ecology Institute (http://www.deep-ecology.org/)

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