October 22, 2017

Deep Ecology

Re-embedding religion in society, the natural world, and the cosmos

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This article was written in 1996 following Edward Goldsmith’s participation in a meeting on Patmos, in September 1995, to discuss religious aspects of the protection of the natural world. He argues that the Church must develop a “new theology . . . based on what we are finding out about the original cosmic nature of […]

The Way – an ecological worldview (talk)

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A lecture by Edward Goldsmith organised by The Scientific & Medical Network, Fife, Scotland, May 1995, which provides an introduction to the philosophy presented in his book The Way: an ecological worldview. “The whole of our experience is nothing more than a massive divergence from that path which we should have taken if we had […]

In praise of the “seely spider” (short version)

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Book Review: Nature’s Web: an exploration of ecological thinking, by Peter Marshall. Simon and Schuster, London 1992, £9.99 (pb) 513pp. ISBN 0-671-71065-6. An extended, unpublished version of this review can be read here. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 23 No. 3, May–June 1993. Peter Marshall makes an important contribution to the development of a new […]

In praise of the “seely spider” (long version)

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A review of Nature’s Web: an exploration of ecological thinking, by Peter Marshall. Simon and Schuster, London 1992. This version is unpublished, however a shorter version appeared in The Ecologist Vol. 23 No. 3, May–June 1993. It is beginning to dawn on people, Peter Marshall tells us, that “what is wrong is not really our […]

The Way – an overview (Ecologist)

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This was the final outline of what would become Edward Goldsmith’s great work The Way: An Ecological Worldview (first published in 1992). Many of the key principles of ecological thinking which it discusses had already been published by Goldsmith in several different forms previously (see Related Articles on the right below). Published in The Ecologist […]

The need for an ecological worldview

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The ‘technospheric’ worldview of modernism needs to be replaced with a new ‘biospheric’ worldview – but to achieve this, green thinkers must concentrate on the great principles that unite them, not on the doctrinal minutiae that divide them. This was the introduction to “Rethinking Man and Nature”—a special edition of The Ecologist focusing on deep […]

John Aspinall – A Passion to Protect (1982)

Passion to Protect

A look at the pioneering conservation program founded by John Aspinall, the late owner of Howletts and Port Lympne private zoos—two breeding colonies, where animals are born and raised in captivity in order to repopulate the wild. A review by Edward Goldsmith of John Aspinall’s The Best of Friends can be found here. Another film […]

Jus Animalium

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A review of The Best of Friends, by John Aspinall. See more of John Aspinall’s remarkable conservation program here. Published in The Ecologist Vol. 6 No. 10, December 1976. John Aspinall has devoted twenty years of his life and all the money he could lay his hands on, in building up his breeding colonies of […]