Naess's friends describe deep ecology as a social movement centered on a passion for nature. It is the cooperative efforts of people working together in community based upon ecology (the relationship between organisms and their habitats).
Deep Ecology encourages people to develop a concern for nature that is deep within themselves through a physical, intellectual and spiritual connection to the natural world. The motivation for saving the earth should come from a deeply philosophical and religious influence. For example, Buddhism, which teaches the interconnectedness of all things, influenced Naess heavily. People are encouraged to act and live in a way that is universalizable and forward-thinking. Decisions must take into account the potentials of evolutions of the system; they should plan for the unpredictability of nature.
Supporters of Deep Ecology argues that a life live connected with nature in this way will lead to a richer life, both spiritually and in terms of biodiversity.