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Environmental Worldviews, Ethics and Sustainability

Asim Zia

Introduction to Environmental Issues

EnvS 001, Spring 2007

Department of Environmental Studies

San Jose State University


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Chapter 26 Overview Questions

  • What philosophies and religions can help us decide how to value life and distinguish between right and wrong environmental behavior?

  • What human-centered environmental worldviews guide most industrial societies?

  • What are some life-centered and earth-centered environmental worldviews?

  • How can we live more sustainably?


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Core Case Study: Biosphere 2 - A Lesson in Humility

  • Biosphere 2, was designed to be self sustaining life-supporting system for eight people sealed in the facility in 1991. The experiment failed because of a breakdown in its nutrient cycling systems.

Figure 26-1


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ENVIRONMENTAL WORLDVIEWS AND VALUES

  • Your environmental worldview encompasses:

    • How you think the world works.

    • What you believe your environmental role in the world should be.

    • What you believe is right and wrong environmental behavior.


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ENVIRONMENTAL WORLDVIEWS AND VALUES

  • Environmental worldviews lie on a continuum.

Figure 26-2


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HUMAN-CENTERED AND LIFE-CENTERED ENVIRONMENTAL WORLDVIEWS

  • The major difference among environmental worldviews is the emphasis they put on the role of humans dealing with environmental problems.

    • Some view that humans are the planet’s most important species and should become managers or stewards of the earth.


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Environmental Worldviews

Planetary Management

• We are apart from the rest of

nature and can manage nature to

meet our increasing needs and

wants.

• Because of our ingenuity and

technology we will not run out of

resources.

• The potential for economic

growth is essentially unlimited.

• Our success depends on how

well we manage the earth's life

support systems mostly for our

benefit.

Stewardship

• We have an ethical

responsibility to be caring

managers, or stewards,

of the earth.

• We will probably not run out of

resources, but they should not be

wasted.

• We should encourage

environmentally beneficial forms

of economic growth & discourage

environmentally harmful forms.

• Our success depends on how

well we manage the earth's life

support systems for our benefit

and for the rest of nature.

Environmental Wisdom

• We are a part of and totally

dependent on nature and nature

exists for all species.

• Resources are limited, should

not be wasted, and are not all

for us.

• We should encourage earth

sustaining forms of economic

growth & discourage earth

degrading forms.

• Our success depends on

learning how nature sustains

itself and integrating such lessons

from nature into the ways we

think and act.

Fig. 26-3, p. 617


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Environmental Worldviews: An Overview

  • Some analysts doubt that we can effectively manage the earth because we do not have enough knowledge to do so.

  • Life-centered and earth-centeredenvironmental worldviews believe that we have an ethical responsibility to prevent degradation of the earth’s ecosystems, biodiversity, and biosphere.


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Environmental Worldviews

  • Deep ecology calls for us to think more deeply about our obligations toward both human and nonhuman life.

  • Ecofeminist environmental worldview believes that women should be given the same rights that men have in our joint quest to develop more environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.


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Shifts in Environmental Values and Worldviews: Some Encouraging Trends

  • Global and national polls reveal a shift towards the stewardship, environmental wisdom, and deep ecology worldviews.


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How Would You Vote?

  • Which one of the following comes closest to your environmental worldview:

    • a. Planetary management

    • b. Stewartship

    • c. Environmental wisdom

    • d. Deep ecology

    • e. Ecofeminist

    • f. Other


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LIVING MORE SUSTAINABLY

  • Environmental literate citizens and leaders are needed to build more environmentally sustainable and socially just societies.

  • In addition to formal learning, we need to learn by experiencing nature directly.


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LIVING MORE SUSTAINABLY

  • Some affluent people are voluntarily adopting lifestyles in which they enjoy life more by consuming less.

Figure 26-7


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Living More Lightly on the Earth: The Sustainable Dozen

  • Agriculture

    • Reduce you meat consumption.

    • Buy locally grown and produced food.

    • Buy more organic food and grow your own.

    • Don’t use pesticides.

  • Transportation

    • Drive an energy-efficient vehicle.

    • Walk, bike, carpool, or take mass transit.

    • Work at home or live near work.


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Living More Lightly on the Earth: The Sustainable Dozen

  • Home Energy Use

    • Caulk leaks, add insulation, use energy efficient appliances.

    • Try to use solar, wind, flowing water, biomass for home energy.

  • Water

    • Use water-saving showers and toilets, use drip irrigation, landscape yard with natural plants that do not require excess water.


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Living More Lightly on the Earth: The Sustainable Dozen

  • Resource Consumption

    • Reduce your consumption and waste of stuff by at least 10%: Refuse and Reuse.

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LIVING MORE SUSTAINABLY

  • The Earth Charter calls for us to respect and care for life and biodiversity and to build more sustainable, just, democratic, and peaceful societies for present and future generations.

  • We need hope, a positive vision of the future, and commitment to making the world a better place to live.


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