Film: The Call of the Mountain. Arne Naess and the Deep Ecology Movement

Jan van Boeckel

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On 1500 metres above sea level, on the slope of the mountain Hallingskarvet, stands "Tvergastein', the cabin of Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess. In his life he has spent nearly 12 years in this hut, where he wrote several books and essays on philosophy and ecology. In this film, Naess tells about the concept of 'deep ecology', which was first introduced by him in 1973. One of the basic tenets of deep ecology is that nature has a value in itself, apart from its possible use value to humans. Next to being a famous mountaineer, Naess has been a longtime activist in the environmental movement. He gives an inspiring account of his participation in blockades to prevent the Alta river in northern Norway (the area of the Sami, an indigenous people) from being dammed. With contributions by Helena Norberg-Hodge, Vandana Shiva, Bill Devall, George Sessions and Harold Glasser. 1997, 50 minutes, English In 2008, the full text of the interview will published in book form by the French publisher Wildproject in Paris, with the title "L’ECOLOGIE PROFONDE EST-ELLE UN HUMANISME? ENTRETIENS AVEC ARNE NÆSS"
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1997
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art

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