'Eco-Ego'. An Image to Represent the (Deep) Ecology

10 Pages Posted: 4 May 2020

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Luciano Celi

Institute for the Chemical and Physical Processes

Date Written: May 2, 2020


The fundamental value of the ecosystem for the life is at least underestimated or leave to the tv documentaries, in which often the main argument is the risk of extinction of some kind of animal; some fragile ecosystem, and so on – in any case: far from our everyday life.

In the last two centuries, Mankind has deeply modified the life environment – and this happens with an intensity so high that the scientists (ecologists, anthropologists, and so on) have named this period Anthropocene, a pretentious name probably for the shortest era in the history of our planet. In this sense, one of the most interesting concepts of our modernity belongs to the ecology – considering the scenario where we are, the recent Sars-Covid-19 pandemic we live, and the consequent crisis not only economic.

The ecology is often a discipline among the others, following an anthropocentric vision where the Mankind is, more or less consciously, on the top respect to all the other species, and overall quite out of the ecosystem.

In contrast with the concept of “superficial ecology” that is still, like a silent background, at the basis of the book Limits To Growth (however fundamental), commissioned, in early ‘70 in the last century, by Aurelio Peccei.

A study in which the role of Mankind was at the top of the evolutionary chain, both to the capacity of determining the own destiny (and for the others species) and for the vision, that is still now, anthropocentric. A vision to forget if we want to have more possibilities of surviving on the planet.
From this perspective the necessity to a serious reflection, at any level, about the interaction between our species Sapiens – that must give proof to deserve this taxonomic grade – and the world.

Keywords: Sars-Covid-19, mankind-planet interactions, deep ecology, eco, ego

JEL Classification: I00

Suggested Citation

Celi, Luciano, 'Eco-Ego'. An Image to Represent the (Deep) Ecology (May 2, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3591262 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3591262

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