Hippies are a group of people that embrace an alternative lifestyle that values peace, love, harmony, ecology, freedom, and community. The movement started in the 1960s as a response to the oppressive political and social environment that dominated the world.
Ecology, on the other hand, is the study of the relationship of living things to one another and to their physical surroundings. The ecology movement is a diverse social, political and scientific group that aims to prevent environmental disasters.
Hippies are well-known nature lovers and pioneers of the ecology movement. They have earned their nickname of ‘tree huggers’ because they fight for environmental rights and educate the public on sustainable living. Read on for interesting facts about hippies and how they have guided the ecology movement.
A History Of Hippies
One could say that hippies became official cultural figures during the “Summer of Love.” In January 1967 a concert was organized in San Francisco called “Human Be-In”. It attracted thousands of young people from all over the world. After the concert, some hippies stayed on in San Francisco producing art and music and taking drugs while spreading the gospel of peace and love.
During the spring break of 1967 many high school and college students joined the rest of the hippies in San Francisco creating a catastrophe for the city’s council. After the summer of love ended the youth went back to their respective towns and spread hippie-ism all over the world.
The 1970s saw the end of the Vietnam war and the downfall of Nixon. Additionally, the hippies grew up, got jobs and decreasing movement. Hippies never died out completely, however. To date, there are hippie communities all around the world and on the world wide web. They still have regular gatherings called “rainbow gatherings.”
Many aspects of hippie culture exist to date including their language, music, art, fashion, and values.
Hippies And Ecology
One of the most enduring hippie values is green living and oneness with nature. Hippies have been against any activities that destroy nature, including nuclear testing and destructive industry. The earliest examples of hippies fighting for the environment was their 1971 protest against nuclear testing in Alaska.
Hippies are vegetarians and proponents of organic farming. These lifestyles are less damaging to our ecology.
The ecological movement which encourages people to pay attention to and respect the earth and its processes is thought to have been started by neo-hippies.
Some modern ecologists do not like to be associated with hippies. This is because hippies are aimless and promiscuous druggies. However, hippies were amongst the first to popularise sustainable living and protection of our environment. They should, therefore, be valued and thanked for their contributions to the ecology movement.