Ecology, a word which finds its origins in the Greek word for house or house hold, is a term referring to the relationships between organisms and their environment. It is an important term to us humans, as we are one of the biggest environmental interactors on our planet. Due to the fact that we are such big ecological movers we must think ecological. To think ecological is to consider more than just your self, more than humanity as a whole, and consider the entire world when taking actions.
Ecological thinking can have great benefits to actions, as you consider the greater impact of everything you do. It takes more effort and time, as you have to think more about what you are trying to achieve. In general, for something to be ecological it must be sustainable and affect the world around you as positively as possible. As a rule one must remember the butterfly effect, stating that a flap of a butterfly’s wing can set of a tornado across the world. Lastly, when we look at how to solve a problem through ecological thinking we address the entire problem and create a solution accordingly. When thinking more focused on one aspect of an issue we discover that the solutions we come up with do not work for the issue as a whole.
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