JUST A THOUGHT: Homo ecologicus, Homo economicus, Homo poeticus
A more sophisticated understanding of the mutual relationship between an economy and the ecosystems on
which it depends would be to start to think of the economic activity as an integral component of the larger ecosystem, so that the cycles of activity all become mutually sustaining.
In this chapter from his book Economies of Life, Bill Sharpe explains that this approach is in the vanguard of thinking about the economic sustainability of
modern economies under the general notion of ‘industrial ecology’ which seeks to see all economic activity through the pattern of mutually self-maintaining systems, just like natural ecosystems, and in balance with those natural ecosystems on which they depend.