Deep Ecology Essay

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Whether its watching a whale jump up in the air and seeing him crashing back into the water, or looking at all of the trees leafs changing colors in the fall time; nature is a beautiful thing. In the past, traditional Native Americans once cared about the land. The grass, trees, rocks, and everything else had value. Nowadays most people are moving away from these ideas and moving towards a capitalist mindset, only caring about their own personal gain. Deep ecology is defined as “an environmental movement and philosophy that regards human life as just one of many equal components of a global ecosystem” (Google). Arne Naess was a Norwegian philosopher who coined the term Deep Ecology. It may seem very similar to traditional Native…show more content…
This could potentially lead to the human population becoming extinct. I’m not saying this is going to actually happen or be an immediate result of our actions but this is what the world is coming to. The companies are the indirect problem in this issue. It’s the population’s demand that keeps these companies going which makes us the direct source to the problem. Almost everyone is caught up in the capitalist mentality, only caring about themselves and seeing how much money they can make. And when that happens they go out and buy more products which have negatively affected the environment. It’s a vicious cycle that doesn’t seem like it is coming to a stop anytime soon. In the story “Creations” written by Linda Hogan, Hogan talks about her travels to the Yucatán. Hogan is a Chickasaw poet, novelist, essayist and an associate professor at the University of Colorado. She is traveling there to search out her Chickasaw roots according to elders. She explains how in traditional native American thought everything on the land has value and is considered sacred; everything is living .She says “the mud people of the first creation did not endure; when it rained, their bodies grew soft and dissolved”. “In the next
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