Food For Thought: Technology, The Environment, and Deep Ecology

New Ethics:question mark

“An object of an entirely new order – no less than the whole biosphere of the planet—has been added to what we must be responsible for because of our power over it.” -Hans Jonas

“It will certainly not be easy to awaken in people a new sense of responsibility for the world, an ability to conduct themselves as if they were to live on this earth forever, and to be held answerable for its condition one day.” -Vaclav Havel

“The Empathic Civilization is emerging. A younger generation is fast extending its empathic embrace beyond religious affiliations and national identification to include the whole of humanity and the vast project of life that envelops the Earth. But our rush to universal empathic connectivity is running up against a rapidly accelerating entropic juggernaut in the form of climate change. Can we reach biosphere consciousness and global empathy in time to avert planetary collapse?” -Jeremy Rifkin

Deep Ecology:

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community.” –Leopold’s Land Ethic

“The indescribable innocence and beneficence of Nature, — of sun, and wind, and rain, of summer and winter, — such health, such cheer, they afford for ever!  And such sympathy have they ever with our race, that all Nature would be affected, and the sun’s brightness fade, and the winds would sigh humanely, and the clouds rains tears, and the woods shed their leaves and put mourning in midsummer, if any man should ever for a just cause grieve.  Shall I not have intelligence with the earth?  Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself?” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden

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