Ecology–Scientific And Philosophic

Tonight [2013-05-29] we watched a show about the WWW–Wood Wide Web (How Nature Works: The Magic Forest). In it, it was revealed how salmon bring nutrients from the ocean to the forest. More than grizzlies depend on salmon–hares, lynx, and more–the forest itself–depend on salmon too. This web of connections is the scientific study of ecology, a branch of biology which studies ‘interactions among organisms and their environment’. Deep ecology, on the other hand, is not a science but a philosophy, ‘distinguished by its advocacy of the inherent worth of living beings regardless of their instrumental utility to human needs. Deep ecology argues that the natural world is a subtle balance of complex inter-relationships in which the existence of organisms is dependent on the existence of others within ecosystems. Human interference with or destruction of the natural world poses a threat therefore not only to humans but to all organisms constituting the natural order.’

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