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Environmentalist Focus, Deep Versus Shallow Ecology

Deep Ecology

  Guest post by Emma Waight Within the theory of environmentalism are varying extremes in points of view.  In his book, Nested Ecology, Edward Wimberley (2009) argues that the fundamental concern of humans towards environmental ecology is that the environment must continue to remain sustainable for the good of the human species.  Wimberley states that “this is a subtle but important feature informing most environmental philosophies”.  This argument therefore suggests that as a species, we care more about the future viability of humankind and human culture on Earth, than that of the natural world which existed long before us.  If that’s true, are all environmentalists just selfish? Wimberley declares, “People inevitably construe their ecological philosophies from the initial perspective of their …

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