We cannot separate ourselves from our environment:
Futures Forum: Slavoj Žižek: on there being "no metaphysical 'beyond' to put our waste" ..... on "the crisis of late capitalism" ..... and on "the comforting mythology of the recycling industry."
An influential study of 'ecology' and 'the environment' came out in the late 1980s, looking at these relationships:
Niklas Luhmann is widely recognized as one of the most original thinkers in the social sciences today. This major new work further develops the theories of the author by offering a challenging analysis of the relationship between society and the environment.
Luhmann extends the concept of "ecology" to refer to any analysis that looks at connections between social systems and the surrounding environment. He traces the development of the notion of "environment" from the medieval idea—which encompasses both human and natural systems—to our modern definition, which separates social systems from the external environment.
In Luhmann's thought, human beings form part of the environment, while social systems consist only of communications. Utilizing this distinctive theoretical perspective, Luhmann presents a comprehensive catalog of society's reactions to environmental problems. He investigates the spheres of the economy, law, science, politics, religion, and education to show how these areas relate to environmental issues.
Ecological Communication is an important work that critically examines claims central to our society—claims to modernity and rationality.
Ecological Communication: Niklas Luhmann, John Bednarz: 9780226496511: Amazon.com: Books
Ecological communication: Coping with the unknown - Springer
Here is a video in Italian - with English subtitles - on the theory:
ecological communication - YouTube
And here is a critique of Luhmann's ideas:
Ecological Communication | Niklas Luhmann
Which takes us to this video:
Karl-Henrik Robèrt - Being part of the solution & avoiding bad luck - YouTube
The Natural Step | - Accelerating the transition to a Future Fit society
And this overview:
Building Trust for a Sustainable Society