Yup, minimising negative impact is what it's about. How much you do depends on what you feel comfortable with. I've always thought that those who style themselves as *true* animal rights activists should just kill themselves as an example to us all! (ok, please do not take that one seriously...)
This is specially for Lothruin:
I've been looking for a chance to show them off! (plants are crafty, no? maybe we should have a gardening section??)
Just out of the picture there's a lime tree, then lemon, in the lemon tree pot there's lettuce and rocket, then we have basil, spring onions, beetroot, chilis, broccoli (all just coming up from seeds now), a tomato plant, red and green capsicum, yellow capsicum, another chili plant, one radish plant (the rest are in the garden!), and hanging up there's jasmine (mmm, jasmine tea!) Of course, there are loads more plants out in the garden. We compost all our scraps and put them on the garden, and we don't use any chemical pesticides. Of course, we don't grow anywhere near all of our own food, but we do our best.
I wasn't talking about deep ecology, but growing up in New Zealand I find myself very influenced by Maori ideas of deep respect for the land, and only being caretakers of it for future generations of humans and animals. For example, if you want to cut down a tree (something that would normally last until after your death) you must first ask the permission of the god of forests, Tane. While that isn't my driving force now (I take a more intellectual - and yes, more anthropocentric - approach) it is still very appealing.
Yes, the original point of the thread does seem to have been lost, but the original poster doesn't seem to mind, or I would never have jumped on this bandwagon! We should probably give it a rest soon though, I have a feeling we're cluttering up the board a bit much (and getting a bit off-topic, although we do have a "crafting for good and not evil" board and I may just suggest a gardening board).
I'd just like to thank everyone for the intelligent, friendly discussion!