To get to the “roots” of ecological thinking we must first break the word down to understand what it means before we can define it. Ecology is the “study of life at home” with emphasis on “the totality or pattern of relations between organisms and their environment.” We then need to look at the word thinking, and how it is we should think ecologically. Bruce Morito states in his book “Thinking Ecologically Environmental Thought, Values and Policy,” that we must attune or train ourselves into thinking ecologically rather than just think about ecology.
Now, learning how to do the above is not as easy as it sounds, ecological thinking is a new concept for people and it’s often very difficult to wrap our minds around this transition we are currently a part of. To think ecologically is to take into account “all children, all species, for all time.” It is about responding to local conditions and adapting to changing conditions. To think ecologically is to think about sustainability, it’s about thinking of how our designs today will affect the people of tomorrow, rather that just satisfy the immediate need of the consumer. It’s about not only NOT causing harm to our environment or health but INCREASING the wellness of both. And while this may not be an easy task it is for sure one that we need to start doing.
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