John Seed is an Australian environmentalist and Director of the Rainforest Information Centre which successfully campaigned to save the sub-tropical rainforests of New South Wales. He is also a prominent figure in the deep ecology movement and co-creator of the Council of All Beings, along with Arne Næss and others.
Why do we who spend time in rainforests “become enmeshed in our perceptions and thinking about them?”
In the fourth World Rainforest Report, Queensland zoologist Peter Dwyer noted that the New Guinea highlanders find the rainforest wildlife not only good to eat, but also “good to think”.
He goes on to say that “Whilst we don’t eat our rainforests, we do become enmeshed in our perceptions and in thinking about them until they suddenly and vividly possess for us values that we can only identify as symbolic, intrinsic and - with some desperation - as spiritual.”