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Environmental protection in the sign of evolution

Environmentalism: An Evolutionary Approach
Forfatter: Douglas Spieles
Forlag: Routledge (Storbritannia)
In the worst case, the romantic view of nature can stand in the way of adaptable environmental protection work, claims environmental studies professor Douglas Spieles in a new book.


Can environmental protection be understood as an evolutionary feature of humanity? Will such a perspective provide new insights into the inner contradictions of green politics and at the same time help us think through what environmental protection should be? Professor Douglas Spieles is ambitious in Environmentalism: An Evolutionary Approach. It takes a bit to grasp what he is trying to achieve, but the patient reader is rewarded with important insights.

According to Spieles, our willingness to take responsibility for other people and for the non-human world is a foundation both for modern civilization in general and for the idea of ​​environmental protection more specifically. However, this responsibility has been understood in various ways, both philosophically and politically. What we are facing is therefore not unambiguous, but rather ambiguous and moving. This has contributed to the inner contradictions of the green movement. Is man above nature, or are we part of it? Should our relationship to the natural environment be understood in materialistic or spiritual terms? Is the motive for protecting the environment human-centered or eco-centered? Should our actions be rooted in the individual or in the collective, and should ours orientering be local or global?

Mankind's ambiguous responsibility

This diverse and ambiguous landscape is undoubtedly. . .

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Svein Hammer
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