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Deep ecological approaches to the environment, whilst appealing, are too
idealistic to have practical application. Discuss.
Deep ecological approaches to the environment are too idealistic as they propose too radical a
change for the planet, to be achievable. For example, Naess' idea that the population should be
reduced to one billion may provide a happier, more fulfilling life with nature for those who survive,
but it would only work as a theory, not in practice. It would be difficult to decreases the population
by five billion using means such as child policy regulations as it would be a slow process that wouldn't
necessarily reduced the population by as much as five billion. Therefore, other means would have to
be used, such as refusing to give aid to those who need it and bringing in stricter regulations of
elderly people. Such actions, however, would be immoral. Furthermore, a decrease in population
could cause a collapse in political powerbases due to a lack of people to carry out policies. Although,
like economic progress, Naess may not be concerned with this, it could also cause problems with the
environment due to a lack of people to look after it. Deep ecological approaches would also be
ineffective in practice for their belief that there should be no economic growth as the structure of
society would collapse if there was a sudden lack of economy.