Emotional Ecology and Philosophy for Countrymen at LNR's Green Special Issue

Following a growing fashion on green-issues from major publications (which only has recently started in Argentina), La Nacion newspaper had its Sunday magazine (LNR) dedicated to environmental issues yesterday, under the line 'Do we care about the planet?'. With a critical tone, the magazine took on eco-conscious celebrities, green-products consumption, global warming and endangered species; but it also had two interesting approaches to the subjects of the environment and responsibility. First was an interview with Merce Conangla and Jaume Soler on their concept of Emotional Ecology; and the other was a talk with philosopher Santiago Kovadloff about his upcoming speech in an agricultural related congress, where he will try to move countrymen to reflect over the use of the land. What do these people have to say about the environment? Keep reading.
The concept of Emotional Ecology is explored by writer Sergio Sinay in an interview with the term's creators, Catalans Merce Conangla and Jaume Soler. Some of its principles might sound cheesy, but it is an interesting point of view, considering healthy people lead to responsible acting.

"We realized that the great principles of ecology can be applied to the management of our emotional world," explain Conangla and Soler. "Emotional ecology is the art to manage our feelings and intelligence in a sustainable and equilibrated way, so that they can move us to perform actions that can improve ourselves and the world we live in", they say.

How would this exactly work? Encouraging some principles like:
-Emotional auto-management: we can't live pouring our emotional trash on others,
-Good use and saving of energy: choosing well our goals and the people we invest energy in,
-Clean renewable energy sources: be driven by positive feelings like curiosity, trust and generosity instead of doing so by negative ones, such as a sense of obligation, selfishness, or a worry about what others will think,
-Protection of the emotional climate: avoiding complaints, insults, disrespect.

"The same way we no longer consider acceptable that someone throws toxic waste on a river, we can't allow ourselves to release emotionally-toxic particles. The emotional-global-climate is increasingly deteriorating due to our emotional illiteracy and irresponsibility: it can be seen in the increase in aggression, stress, depression, racism, corruption. It is time for us to perform preventive changes", conclude Conangla and Soler.

On the other highlighted article, well-known Argentine philosopher Santiago Kovadloff speaks about his participation in the upcoming congress of the Argentine Association Regional Consortiums for Agricultural Experimentation (Aacrea). So, What does a philosopher have to do with the country? Apparently, make countrymen re-think their role as land-owners and exploiters.

"Globalization, with its level of interdependence, has made evident that the land has to be re-meditated not only for consumption but also as a space of coexistence. The people from the congress thought there was a need for a reflection oriented to the issue of values, that aimed to explain this dissociation between profitability and common sense we're seeing (in farming)", explains Kovadloff. The dissociation the philosopher is talking about might be related to the soy cultivations in Argentina, for which entire forests are being cut down (in order to sow more) and which are highly questioned for damaging the soil.

"Today there is a loss of sense: the environment is threatened, and still, there are nations that won't sign agreements. If those deadly environmental policies had at least some long-term profitability, even for the powerful, one could understand their interest. But there is not", the philosopher reflects. He adds, "It is possible that historically the will for power didn't knew limits, but the need for survival can impose a pause".

With those thoughts, the philosopher will meet country-businessmen, who he thinks are open to talk and even to change practices. "In the business world there is a demand for a dialogue regarding the loss of sense. It is the need to reconcile the productive activity with ethic significance", he states.

The two articles can be found at LNR's green special issue, available online in Spanish. ::LNR ::Emotional Ecology article ::Santiago Kovadloff story ::Emotional Ecology site