Segments in this Video

Satish Kumar Introduction (02:01)


Silver Donald Cameron outlines Kumar's deep ecology values and work in peace activism and education.

Environmental Developments (02:17)

Kumar reflects on how ecological awareness has increased since he became editor of Resurgence Magazine in 1973.

Anthropogenic View (02:26)

Kumar discusses how the belief in limitless resources led to environmental destruction; relationships to the natural world are slow to develop.

Speciesism (01:34)

Kumar identifies human superiority over nature as a major challenge to sustainability goals.

Human Resilience (03:32)

Kumar believes that sustainability is a negative term, and that we should design social and economic systems according to uncertainty and chaos.

Natural and Local Systems (04:42)

Kumar cites renewable energy as a design element for community resilience, and explains why nuclear energy is unsustainable.

Deforestation Impacts (06:02)

Kumar explains why removing trees is contributing to climate change, and urges immediate reforestation efforts.

Reverential Ecology (03:11)

Taking deep ecology one step further, Kumar describes his philosophy that nature is sacred and should be received with gratitude.

Recognizing Interconnections (02:38)

Kumar calls for shifting from the collective egocentric view to an eco-centric one that places humans within nature.

Wild Law Framework (02:00)

Kumar calls for enshrining the rights of nature into a U.N. charter and adopting the Reverential Ecology principle of waste elimination.

Cyclical Economy (04:45)

Kumar explains how the linear economic system produces waste and outlines how a natural law system would recycle resources.

Elegant Simplicity (03:56)

Kumar explains why economic growth based on materialism is unsustainable and discusses ways to reduce consumption.

Ecology and Social Justice (03:44)

Kumar outlines his "Soil, Soul, and Society" philosophy and discusses how economic system flaws produce hunger and obesity among humans.

Resilient Community Model (05:03)

Kumar describes his family's self-sufficient farm that taught him ecological and social values. He cites Bhutan as an example of living in harmony with nature.

Industrial Lifestyle (03:14)

Kumar explains that the economic model has damaged the environment, and we will have to address pollution.

Reversing Ecological Damage (03:47)

Kumar discusses how the industrial paradigm is spreading globally, and hopes that humans will use ingenuity to live in harmony with nature before it's too late.

Cultivating Mass Consciousness (05:01)

Kumar cites desegregation and the Soviet Union collapse as proof that change is possible, and advocates grassroots activism for building a resilient future.

Credits: Spirituality and Ecology: Satish Kumar (00:16)

Credits: Spirituality and Ecology: Satish Kumar

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This episode of The Green Interview features Satish Kumar, one of the founders of deep ecology, a philosophy that sees human beings as part of nature, interdependent with all other forms of life. Kumar began his life as a Jain monk and first came to international attention when he made a pilgrimage for peace by walking from India to Moscow, Paris, London, and Washington. In 1973 he settled in England, where he worked with E. F. Schumacher and became the editor of Resurgence magazine. Kumar is the founder of the Small School and  founding director of programs at Schumacher College, an international center for the study of ecological and spiritual values. (60 minutes)

Length: 61 minutes

Item#: BVL58796

ISBN: 978-1-60057-301-9

Copyright date: ©2009

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