A website in support of ecocentrism, by Joe Gray
“ How narrow we selfish conceited creatures are in our sympathies! How blind to the rights of all the rest of creation! ” — John Muir
► 'Life's shared dependence on water: A potential wellspring of ecocentric concern and interspecies kinship' – an article in Visions for Sustainability [16-minute read | READ ARTICLE]
► 'A knowledge for thirst: Water, empathy, and kinship' – a post on the Earth Tongues blog [5-minute read | READ ARTICLE]
A six-chapter story with an unusual narrator
The deep green worldview sees hawks, hawthorns, and all the other beings that make up the more-than-human world as having value and meaning in their own right, not just as a result of any benefits that humans might derive from their existence. In this worldview, when an ancient hedge is destroyed, for instance, it is ethically wrong not simply because it deprives humans of anything they might have gained – materially, aesthetically, or spiritually – from its continuing existence. It has also caused an immeasurably greater wrong to the living system that is the hedge, as well as to the populations of species that used this as part of their life cycle.
This ethical extension from considering only 'instrumental' (human-benefiting) value to also recognizing 'intrinsic' (independent) value is neither trivial nor merely academic. Rather, its far-reaching practical implications represent an unparalleled opportunity: the chance to save much of the radiation of life with which we share the ecosphere from the cresting wave of extinction. Nothing else, I believe, gives this same hope.
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This website has been designed using the following fonts: Barrio (Omnibus-Type; Open Font Licence) and Open Sans (Steve Matteson; Apache Licence, Version 2.0). The stylized howling wolf in the Deep Green Earth logo (below) was adapted from artwork created by 'oriu'. The wolf eyes artwork was created through combining a black-and-white sketch by 'ElemenTxD' with a green fire image by 'schankz'. All photos were taken by Joe Gray. The site is hosted on Kualo's renewably powered servers.