Social Ecology - Focusing on Murray Bookchin

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Could Social Ecology be the probable solution to solving the environmental and ecological crisis?

Starting in the 60's, pollution and extinction of certain species has become connected to the relationship between human beings and nature. Concern about the environmental crisis has becoming increasingly significant since the mid twentieth century, since people started acknowledging the climate changes and the depletion of natural resources. Over centuries, man has depended on their natural environment for extracting resources which are now becoming harder and harder to attain. Some of these resources relate to the activities of farming, industrialization and urbanization. These three every day activities are what are causing most harm to natural environments and putting certain wildlife and plant species on the extinction list. "This and the many other circles of interrelation typify the ways in which social dynamics are intimately related to the environment, challenging traditional distinctions between the human and natural sciences," (Evia) Before the depletion of the planet was generally accepted, a few philosophers had come up with ideas as to how to slow down the damage that we're causing to Earth and live more environmentally and ecologically friendly manner.

One of those thinkers, Murray Bookchin, came up with the philosophy of "Social Ecology" in the 1960's. The complexity of relationships between people and nature is intensified in this philosophy, along with the importance of establishing more economically friendly social structures. Could Social Ecology be the probable solution to solving the environmental and ecological crisis?

What is social ecology? According to Bookchin: "What defines social ecology as social is its recognition of the often overlooked fact that nearly all our present ecological problems arise from deep-seated social problems." Our present ecological problems cannot be clearly understood without resolutely dealing with problems in society. Economic, ethnic, cultural, and...