Deep and Dark Ecology


Deep and Dark ecology are both important ecological philosophies. Deep ecology is based on the belief that all types of life are valuable regardless of their apparent worth to humanity.  Dark ecology is similar, except that they believe both organic and inorganic matter are essential to the way the world functions. These philosophies, deep ecology in particular, helped give rise to movements such as wilderness preservation, human population control, and efforts towards simple living (such as striving towards small carbon footprints). While both advocate protecting the environment, many of their principles differ greatly.

Deep ecology emphasizes the importance of nature and life.  It was introduced by Arne Naess and since then has become a foundation for many other types of ecology.  He proposed that the living environment must be respected and that human interference poses a threat to the natural order of the world.  Deep ecology considers the living…

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