Deep Ecology by Bill Devall and George Sessions

             Bill Devall and George Sessions both authored a book called Deep Ecology: Living as If Nature Mattered (1985). Widely known for his writings on deep ecology, Bill Devall dedicated his life to protecting nature (1939-2009). He was inspired by the works of Arne Naess and Gary Snyder. By no means was Bill’s effort to saving nature only devoted to authoring books. As a deep ecologist, he was involved in the practice of conservation and environmental action at both the local and national levels. At the local level, he was a founding member of the North Coast Environmental Center based in Arcata, CA, and was very active in efforts to establish recycling and the protection of the local beaches, forests, and endangered species. Nationally, he was actively involved in the protection of the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest. He was frequently the target of anti-environmentalists in their writings who associated his conservation work and philosophy with Earth First. Bill was also a teacher.
             Born in Kansas City, he went to the University of Kansas-Lawrence for his undergraduate degree, followed with graduate degrees at the University of Hawaii and the University of Oregon. He taught briefly at the University of Alberta-Edmonton and spent the rest of his teaching career at Humboldt State University. At Humboldt, he taught courses on the forests, radioactive wastes, and issues on the wilderness, courses that were not within the confines of sociology where he was a tenured professor. Throughout his time at Humboldt, his home in Trinidad was a place where students, professors, and environmentalists met to discuss ongoing environmental campaigns and issues. George Sessions is now seventy-four years old and is currently the chairman of the philosophy department at Sierra College in Rocklin, California. He is editor of the book "Deep Ecology for the 21st Century".
             This reading set forth a more recent version of deep ecology than Naess’s...

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