The Environment

THE WESTERN TRADITION

FUTURE GENERATIONS

  • Wilderness is a priceless world heritage:
    • human values
      • immense beauty
      • untapped scientific potential
      • recreational opportunities
      • a kind of shrine to nature: "just to know that something natural is still there"
    • long-term values here in the sorts of economic calculations that govern our lives
  • Even from a purely human centered point of view
    • we should be more concerned than we have with preserving important aspects of nature:
      • species
      • ecosystems
      • wilderness
      for the sake of future generations

IS THERE VALUE BEYOND SENTIENT BEINGS?

REVERENCE FOR LIFE

DEEP ECOLOGY

DEVELOPING AN ENVIRONMENTAL ETHIC