I have been using the name ecophilia for a while without knowing what it is.
“Eco” means home. The house we live in, the land we are part of, the air we breathe, and the water filling us. “Philia” is one of the eight greek words for love referring to friendship.
“The house of right relationship is built on the foundation of friendship. Friendship is the best and purest form of relationship”. Satish Kumar
I knew the essence of ecophilia was to create beauty by living in loving kinship with our home. Inspired by the biophilia hypothesis, as described and popularised by Edward O. Wilson, which suggests that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life, what particularly fascinated me was that biophilia seemed to combine deep care for the more-than-human world with aesthetics. Beauty is not an inherent part of the sustainability discourse. Yet, I am hungry for beauty. I seek beauty everywhere. In my home, in gardening, in my friendships, in landscapes, or in clothes. I feel most alive in the beautiful.
“In a sense, all the contemporary crises can be reduced to a crisis about the nature of beauty.” John O’Donohue