Vol. 30 No. 2 (2014): Whatever Happened to Deep Ecology?

Deep Ecology: What is Said and (to be) Done?

Mick Smith
Queen's University

How to Cite

Smith, M. (2015). Deep Ecology: What is Said and (to be) Done?. The Trumpeter, 30(2), 141–156. Retrieved from https://trumpeter.athabascau.ca/index.php/trumpet/article/view/1378


Attacked by anthropocentric social, cultural, and political theorists deep ecology has been relatively wary of engaging with the theories that underpin such critiques. This socio-theoretical lacuna does, however, leave deep ecology open to the charge of being ecologically reductive. Despite the difficulties they present many of these socio-theoretical theories offer diverse insights into our current environmental predicaments and creative opportunities for rethinking what it might mean to constitute a community of life on Earth. The development of such views, which we might term ecologically oriented social theory (EOST) is, I argue, a key task for radical ecosophies.