Toward a Meaningful Ecological Politics

The word "ecology" comes from the Greek root oikos, meaning "home." The idea is that the earth is a place of close relationships - that plants, animals, minerals, and humans matter to each other and together constitute an integrated whole. Ecology, as a scientific discipline, studies the interconnections between species and habitat. It arose from the insight that nature's character could not be understood by merely concentrating on individual parts but that one must also focus on nature's mutualities and interdependencies.