Eco-activism

Our ecological crisis has created urgency for many of the worlds’ populous for radical reform and a change in values and practice. Activism to address our ecological crisis signifies a commitment to rectify un-ecological behavior and lifestyles but it can also be seen as anthropocentric as it can also be predicated on the survival and continuance of society and its practical and flamboyant needs as a species as well. Thus, activism in its fundamental premise is ethical and viable when employed with the philosophy of reverence for all entities in the biosphere and not just for human considerations.

It appears our current notions of activism often resemble self-interest at best and may be even related to our deep fear of mortality. Evolution is a process that is inclusive of all entities and this process begins with birth and ends with death. However, death also translates into new and different relationships that allow other lifeforms to exist as well. So, a deeper understanding of life and death and their respective roles in evolution is a topic worthy of more consideration and acceptance. Activism should also focus on rectifying the pollution already rendered on the planet and restoring nature to its original state as much as possible.

Another way to look at activism is to allow nature to instruct us in how to live. This can be accomplished by employing our sensory faculties, intuition, learning, respect, reverence and our human institutions such as the humanities and sciences in the pursuit of connection with our habitat.

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