The thesis of this essay is that ecology, understood as concern for nature in the most comprehensive sense, is going to be the master paradigm of the science and politics of the future. It will not only be the focus of theoretical preoccupations aiming at halting, and possibly reversing the destructive tendencies inherent in modern industrial civilisation but also the focus of socio-political praxis: no government will be able to survive if it does not give concrete expression to the ecological concern of its citizens and the ecological focus will bring about a cooperation of people across the boundaries of nationality, race, language, class and caste. Ecology will be the fulcrum of an ethics of the future, an ethics as compellingly evident to individuals as enforceable with corporations, accepted by governments and international agencies as condition of survival. As such, an ecological ethics, or better, an ethics based on ecology, will require the contributions of all.

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