A Platform of the Deep Ecology Movement
(from Arne Naess, Ecology, Community and Lifestyle)
The flourishing of human and non-human life on Earth has intrinsic value. The value of non-human life forms is independent of the usefulness these may have for human purposes.
Richness and diversity of life forms are values in themselves and contribute to the flourishing of human and non-human life on Earth.
Humans have no right to reduce richness and diversity except to satisfy vital needs.
Present human interference with the non-human world is excessive, and the situation is rapidly worsening.
The flourishing of human life and cultures is compatible with a substantial decrease of the human population. The flourishing of non-human life requires such a decrease.
Significant change of life conditions for the better requires change in policies. These affect basic economic, technological, and ideological structures.
The ideological change is mainly that of appreciating lifequality (dwelling in situations of intrinsic value) rather than adhering to a high standard of living. There will be a profound awareness of the difference between big and great.
Those who subscribe to the foregoing points have an obligation directly or indirectly to participate in the attempt to implement the necessary changes.
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