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Remembering Arne Naess (1912-2009)

January 19, 2009   1 Comment

Arne Naess, 1912-2009Norwegian eco-philosopher Arne Naess died on Monday January 12th, 2009 age 96. Naess promoted Deep Ecology, an intimate and all-embracing relationship between the Earth and humans that inspired environ-mentalists and Green political activists around the world. Here is leading left-biocentrist David Orton’s eulogy to him.

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Deep Ecology and Left Biocentrism: An Introduction

August 17, 2008   6 Comments

Left Biocentrism began with the work of David Orton and his Green Web. It combines Deep Ecology with an equally serious commitment to social justice and contemporary spirtuality. Politically, Left Biocentrists include social democratic, liberal (in the Millsian sense), anarchist and most forms of socialist, as well as feminist thinkers, who believe that any positive ecological change must address collective social and political structures as much as personal, psychological and spiritual ones. Author Patrick Curry traces the roots of this Earth-centric philosophy.

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The Left in Left-Biocentrism

July 29, 2008   1 Comment

Many Deep Ecologists and other ecological thinkers have over the years declared that the politics of ecology transcend the traditional categories of Left and Right. In the early 1980’s the slogan, “We are Neither Left nor Right but Ahead” became a popular cliché of some Green political parties and movement groups. By putting the word ‘Left’ in front of biocentrism, Saskatchewan writer David Greenfield explains that Left-Biocentrism is bucking the trend among Deep Ecologists, and clearly indicating that there is more to be said about the social aspects of Deep Ecology.

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Deep Ecology Almost Unknown In Italy

June 17, 2008   4 Comments

The political situation of the green movement in Italy is not good, writes Italian eco-centrist Guido Dalla Casa. This isn’t unusual in Italy: there’s almost no mention of the environment in Italian political discourse and the concept of Deep Ecology is almost unknown. Italian Green Party publications do not even mention Deep Ecology, and the last national elections were a disaster for the environmental movement. With no green representative in the Italian parliament there is little hope of any deep or even shallow greening coming from the Italian political sphere.

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