Ecocriticism, put simply, is a study of the relationship between literature and the ecological environment. It starts from the fundamental premise that human culture is closely connected to the nonhuman world or what is known as nature, affecting it and being affected by it. As a critical discourse, it takes as its main subject the interconnections between nature and culture, utilizing various concepts from ecology and biology. Naturally, therefore, ecocritics and ecopoets are very concerned about the aspects of the human culture and community which are destructive to the natural community. From the perspective of ecocriticism, Snyder`s poetry perfectly exemplifies the fundamental ethos of ecocriticism. His works are deeply concerned about the ecological crisis and the destruction of nature. Snyder indicates that the current environmental crisis is the natural results of the Western civilization, especially the Judeo-Christian culture that has consistently advocated the domination and exploitation of nature and other non-human beings. Thus he believes that the true mission or function of poetry should be able to represent the voice of the non-human world. Snyder is an American original, an heir of James Fenimore Cooper or Mark Twain who were deeply attached to the love of primitive nature. They rejected the repressive man-made civilization and advocated cultural diversity based on the equal and peaceful coexistence of all human beings including Indians and blacks. From Snyder`s point of view, "the destruction of cultural diversity goes hand in hand with ecological destruction." Snyder`s interest in the oriental cultures is also in the tradition of Emerson and Thoreau whose transcendental philosophy was inspired by Buddhism and Hindu philosophy. However, Snyder`s poetry, compared to his predecessors, is more focused on nature and emphasizes its importance for the survival of humanity.