Deep Ecology

While reading the section on Deep Ecology in Environmental Ethics by Alasdair Cochrane, I was intrigued by the radical ideas its principles are based upon. I think this is a good way for people to think about the environment even though it may not resolve all of our conflicts. One of the principles discussed that human and non-human life have value. Giving things value can possibly bring forth a greater appreciation of it. In turn, its use can be respected and not wasted. I was taught that one should appreciate the food that we receive and be grateful for those who help bring it forth. My grandmother always talked about not wasting food. I think it was because she lived through the war and knew how food can be scarce. We are killing so many animals for food and most of it is wasted. Maybe if more people should take in consideration some of these principles of deep ecology it could make a change in our environment.

Ava

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One response to “Deep Ecology

  1. It’s interesting to see how a perspective like this talks about respect for all forms of life. This sparked my interest because I’m a theology nut and had to do some digging! Pope Leo XIII wrote that God gave the earth to “mankind in common” so as to leave “the limits of private possessions to be fixed by the industry of men and the institutions of peoples.” (Rerum Novarum, 8). In 1931, Pope Pius XI wrote that mankind has the right of private ownership “not only that individuals may be able to provide for themselves and their families but also that the goods which the Creator destined for the entire family of mankind may through this institution truly serve this purpose” (Quadragesimo Anno, 45). Pope John Paul II also proclaimed St. Francis of Assisi the patron saint of ecologists! Of course this idea shouldn’t be new to us because if it was in the Old Testament (Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it), then the idea that our planet must be taken care of is thousands of years old too.

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