Shifting from human centric to eco-centric platform-deep ecology

Author: 
Annu Baranwal and Antony F. Thekkiniyath

We are moving in an age where the environmental issues are at greater pressure and importance. Deep ecology concept is a very relevant topic to be understood at this stage when humans are playing important roles in the environment every day. Deep ecology is an environmental philosophy and movement initiated by a Norwegian philosopher, Arnie Naess, in 1972. He represented the idea of a radical change in humanity’s relationship to nature and coined the term "deep ecology". He helped to give this relationship a theoretical foundation. His philosophy portrays itself as "deep" because it asks deeper questions about the human life and its connection with the environment. Deep ecology is a highly controversial environmental philosophy. It has been put out in eight basic principles as a guide for how human thought needs to be changed towards the environment and the world around us. This paper mainly involves understanding of what deep ecology is, the eight principles suggested in the deep ecology concept, the key issues on which it has been admired and criticized and the difference in the philosophy of deep ecology and shallow environmentalism by Naess.

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