Green Ecology



It’s difficult to think and talk ‘green’ without thinking about ecology and our ecosystem. But how we we define ecology?

What is the history of ecology… how about ecology trends and the problems associated with ecology? All these questions and more are important if one wants to venture into living green and helping the environment. So if this describes at least one of your life goals, you are at the right place.

A Way Of Life

Green ecology is a philosophy and a way of life. This is a way of life that attempts to reduce the impact that society has on the environment. This is also called sustainable living by proponents of the green philosophy.

One of the major effects of our modern life is the increasing consumption of the natural resources of the Earth that are all too finite. The rate of consumption of our technological and consumer-oriented society cannot be maintained indefinitely. Some resources will run out faster than others but all are irreplaceable.

Solutions For Global Warming

The global climate change that has continued at an increasing rate (global warming) has been linked to pollutants that have been introduced into the environment by industry, transportation, and the over-all way of life of our consumer society. Green ecology seeks to address this urgent and increasingly dangerous global situation.

The advocates of green or ‘new’ ecology have recognized this trend and have attracted public attention to this state of affairs. Academics and scholars of the environmental persuasion have come up with various methods and solutions to slow the rate that we exploit and consume the valuable and irreplaceable natural resources of our beautiful planet.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint

Reducing the carbon footprint that we inflict on the environment is one of the major strides that we can make as individuals and collectively for society as a whole. Another major move towards a greener ecology is to rely more on recycling as a source of raw materials for the manufacture of new consumer goods. This new ecology and its practices are quite closely related to the principles of sustainable living and development.

Environmental Protection

The widespread acknowledgement that Earth is in the grip of an ecological crisis has lead to the birth of the ecological movement. The central philosophy of their advocates is focused on environmental protection. These are some of the social movements that were born around the later part of the 1960’s. These movements are not to be confused with the science of ecology that has already been recognized and accepted for decades before the birth of the ideas and concepts of green ecology.

The Movements

According to Wikipedia there have been various issues that have dominated the focus of the movement at various periods of the 20th century. During the early part of the century there was the conservation movement. The 60’s brought the menace of chemical pesticides to public consciousness.

Movements in the late 60’s and 70’s focused on the global danger of mutually assured destruction brought on by the stockpiling of nuclear weapons and development of nuclear power by the world’s major governments. Acid rain was the big environment boogeyman in the 80’s. Ozone depletion and deforestation was seen to be a large influence on the environment in the 90’s. Today the biggest concerns are climate change and global warming.

The new ecology movement has grown more powerful today. It is powerful enough to influence the lawmakers in governments to enact environmentally friendly laws. However there is still a long way to go in the struggle to protect the only environment we have.


Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecology_movement
http://www.epa.gov/wed/pages/staff/lackey/pubs/question.htm
http://www.epa.gov/R5Super/ecology/html/erasteps/erastep3.html

For more information on ecology and keepin’ it green just use the following links:

Ecology Symbol

Definition of Ecology

Ecosystem Ecology

Ecology For Kids

Ecology Problems

Trends in Ecology

History of Ecology

What is Ocean Ecology

What is Population Ecology

What is Soil Ecology

Articles on Ecology

Washington Dept. of Ecology

National Wildlife Federation

Quotes about Ecology

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