Ecological Politics

Nearly two decades ago, Petra Kelly wrote:

“Like the mind-set that places men above women, whites above blacks, and rich above poor, the mentality that places humans above nature is a dysfunctional delusion. We humans take our Earth for granted and never hesitate to exploit it and its other inhabitants to gratify our immediate wants. We have to understand that we are part of nature, not outside of it. What we do to the Earth, we do to ourselves. Understanding our interconnectedness with all life is the essence of ecological politics and an ecological economy.”

That sounds like new politics despite being nearly 20 years old – it also shows we have made little, if any, real progress.

Wikipedia entry for Petra Kelly

Petra Kelly Archives (Heinrich Böll Foundation)


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