02/10/2005 Deep Ecology  
Deep Ecology (Ecologia profonda)

Deep ecology is a belief system that has been in place since the 1960's. It is similar in some ways to earth based spirituality. It is the belief that all of earth, and some would say even all of creation, is one. Therefore we have a duty to be stewards of this creation, because it is part of our being-- an intrinsic link to who we are.
The patriarchal structure that was set in place has been ruling over the earth for the past 5,000 years. Today it has manifested an un-sustainable economy based on non-renewable forms of energy. Today’s economy is global, the work force that can produce the finished product for the least amount of money is awarded the contract. This also translates to how the global companies can extract the resources of one region, for their manufacturing of their products and market them around the world to gain huge profits. Thus the third world country with the multitude of the national resources and the cheap labor pool is exploited.
The dynamics of a global economy don’t favor the worker or the consumer. The further that we as a species are pulled away from our natural environment the more schizoid and fragmented our species becomes.
The man who has been credited with being the originator of the term “deep ecology”, Arne Naess, has said that he believes that to achieve harmony between man and nature we need to establish one third of the Earth as untouched by humans, one third of the Earth as land where humans, animals, and plant life could interact, and the other third would be for maintaining our survival and creative social needs, or urban/sub-urban life.
To maintain the respect and understanding of creation and who we are a species it is essential that we save the wildness of our Mother, the Earth. This is also one of the main beliefs in earth based spirituality. Basically it is the awareness that all of creation is one.
Understanding the origins of our species and seeing how our society evolved gives us the realization that we were one with the force that created our universe, (the creatress), when our species was in its infancy.
It has been documented that women were the driving force in the cultures of antiquity. They farmed, raised the children, were thought of as being one with the creatress, because they gave birth, and they were the healers of the tribe. Men were mainly the hunters at this point in time.
The balance of power shifted much later when men realized they had the know how and power to make weapons of war. These weapons allowed them to take over other tribes and countries. They could plunder another tribe’s resources and could become wealthy. Then they could even use the labor force of the nation they just conquered as slaves to work for them.
When this shift in the politics of the tribe happened we started to set up the karma of the unsustainable economy that we have now. Before this time the mindset had been that we are one with the creatress, then we started to believe that nature, or the creatress, was something foreign to us and needed to be dominated.
The need to dominate nature has pushed us right to the brink of extinction, though not many humans are willing to accept this assertion, because they don’t feel that the health and well being of the Earth has been depleted to such an extreme level. The most paramount belief of deep ecology states that all life is intrinsically interconnected. There are a lot of different layers to our being: emotional, physical, spiritual, intellectual etc. There are a lot of different layers to the ecosystems which house and protect the quality of our air and water. It’s not possible to say it’s alright to wipe out this species or that species of animal, because it means freeing up millions of dollars of lumber for the economy of a state.
The proponents of deep ecology would rather point us in the direction of many different alternatives to wiping out our forests for lumber and the oil standard. They suggest, that if we begin gearing the economy toward the use of these alternatives, we could see improvement in the environment and it wouldn’t take very long before the research and development on such materials as industrial hemp would yield big benefits for our economy as well.
The key to having a sustainable economy, according to the proponents of deep ecology, is that the power to access the resources to create energy needs to be in the hands of the people. If industrial hemp were legal, once again, people would be growing crops such as corn and industrial hemp on a widespread level for use as biomass fuels. Research and development to create plastics, food, lotions, medicines, salves etc. with industrial hemp would start in widespread fashion. First industrial hemp has to be legalized, then the turn around from fossil fuel to biomass fuels will begin.
This would shift the energy dynamic back to the hands of the people. We would once again attain the mindset we had in the beginning of our species evolvement: that we are one with the Earth and need to be her steward and live in harmony with her in order for us to thrive and be whole in the dance of life we are creating with her.


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