Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Growth or environment?

The ‘development versus environment' debate has been going on endlessly. A major reason is that the proponents of development have not been exposed to a true appreciation of the intrinsic and extrinsic values of nature that defy the conventional cost-benefit analysis. The need of the hour, in the words of Wangari Maathai, is to realise that “in making sure that other species survive we will be ensuring the survival of our own.”

Finest writings
This book, an anthology of some of the finest writings on environmental ethics, seeks to address this issue. Beginning with an application of the western philosophical and cultural traditions of consequentialism, deontology and virtue-based ethics to the study of human interaction with nature, it discusses how nature matters, and proceeds to examine individual and collective responsibility towards nature, before concluding with an elucidation of ecological citizenship.

Full report here Hindu

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