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Human Ecology: From Conceptual Exercise to Militant Practice in Maranhão

ByIstván van Deursen Varga, Cristina Moreno

Ecology is a life science that deals with spaces and territories, but also with functions and behaviour. It is concerned with the relationship between organisms, interaction (or joint action) between living beings, and with the environment. In this sense, ecology is the science of relationships, including humankind’s relations with the entire universe and relations between themselves. “The spirit of human solidarity and kinship with all life is strengthened when we live with reverence for the mystery of being, gratitude for the gift of life, and humility regarding the human place in nature.” This extract from the preamble to the Earth Charter1 eloquently expresses a broader notion of Ecology.