ECOLOGY as Political Radicalism
its roots can be traced back to the nineteenth-century revolt against industrialization. Green Politics reflects concern about the damage done to the natural world by the increasing pace of economic development (exacerbated since the second half of the twentieth century by the advent of nuclear technology, acid rain, ozone depletion, global warming and so on), and anxiety about the declining quality of human existence and, ultimately, the survival of the human species. The Rio Earth Summit of June 1992 found political leaders from all over the globe discussing seriously the depletion of world resources; Ecology or green campaigners usually suggest that both capitalist and communist ideologies are part of the problem. Resources are being used up at an exponential (ever increasing) rate, whilst the healthy complexity of the ecology of the planet is being continually reduced by commercial agriculture and industrial pollution
Divisions within the movement can be observed - particularly between the romantics and the scientists. . On the 'romantic' side, the stress is on back-to-nature ideas such as homeopathy, " On the scientific' side, the stress is on projections of economic and ecological An interesting example of the 'deep ecology' approach is James Lovelock's 'Gaia . A lot of green political activism is to be found in pressure group activity, rather vegetarianism, naturism and developing folk-music playing rural communities. disaster if present trends in industrialisation and consumption continue. hypothesis'. This sees the earth as a single self regulating organism than political parties.
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