Ecologism

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A human induced global ecological crisis is occurring, threatening the stability of this earth and its inhabitants. The best path to address environmental issues both effectively and morally is a dilemma that raises concerns over which political values are needed to stop the deterioration of the natural environment. Climate change; depletion of resources; overpopulation; rising sea levels; pollution; extinction of species is just to mention a few of the damages that are occurring. The variety of environmental issues and who and how they affect people and other species is varied, however the nature of environmental issues has the potential to cause great devastation. The ecological crisis we face has been caused through anthropocentric behavior that is advantageous to humans, but whether or not anthropocentric attitudes can solve environmental issues effectively is up for debate. Ecologism in theory claims that in order for the ecological crisis to be dealt with absolutely, value and equality has to be placed in the natural world as well as for humans. This is contrasting to many of the dominant principles people in the contemporary world hold, which are more suited to the standards of environmentalism and less radical approaches to conserving the earth. I will argue in this essay that whilst ecologism could most effectively tackle environmental problems, the moral code of ecologism has practical and ethical defects that threaten the values and progress of anthropocentricism and liberal democracy. Ecologism is the political philosophy that recognizes the intrinsic worth of the natural environment and all living beings, including the earth itself as an organism that has rights that should be protected.. Ecologism has a holistic vie... ... middle of paper ... ...ogical answer to an Economical Crisis’ Debating the Earth: the Environmental Politics Reader. Oxford University Press, pp.459-468 Dryzek, J. S. and Schlosberg, D 1998, ‘Liberal Democracy’, Debating the Earth: the Environmental Politics Reader. Oxford University Press, pp.129-130 Singer, P 1995, ‘Animal Liberation’, Random House National geographic 2014 Visited on 10/6/2014 Naess, A. 1989 ‘The Shallow and the Deep, Long-Range Ecology Movement: A Summary’, Debating the Earth: the Environmental Politics Reader. Oxford University Press, pp.353-356 Bookchin, M.1998, ‘Society and Ecology’, Debating the Earth: the Environmental Politics Reader. Oxford University Press, pp.416-428 Foreman, D. 1998, ‘Putting the Earth First’, Debating the Earth: the Environmental Politics Reader. Oxford University Press
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