What is Integral Ecology?

Integral ecology unites valuable insights about ecology and the environment from multiple perspectives into a comprehensive theoretical framework that is already being put to use around the globe. This framework is the result of over a decade of research exploring the myriad perspectives on ecology available to us today and their respective methodologies.

In short, this framework provides a way of understanding the relationship between who is perceiving nature, how the perceiver uses different methods, techniques, and practices to disclose nature, and what is perceived as nature.

 

Why our work matters.

Today there is a bewildering diversity of views on ecology and the environment. With more than two hundred distinct and valuable perspectives on the natural world—and with scientists, economists, ethicists, activists, philosophers, and politicians often taking completely different stances on the issues—how can we come to agreement to solve our toughest environmental problems?

We need a framework to help sort through these many approaches and connect them in a pragmatic way that honors their unique insights on their own terms. Integral ecology provides this framework: a way of integrating the multiple fields of ecology and environmental studies into a complex, multidimensional meta-disciplinary approach to the natural world and our embeddedness within it.

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