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Foundations of Environmental SustainabilityThe Coevolution of Science and Policy$
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Larry Rockwood, Ronald Stewart, and Thomas Dietz

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.001.0001

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A Biocultural Basis for an Ethic toward the Natural Environment

A Biocultural Basis for an Ethic toward the Natural Environment

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(p.321) 20 A Biocultural Basis for an Ethic toward the Natural Environment
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Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
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Stephen R. Kellert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309454.003.0021

This chapter addresses the contemporary environmental crisis as one that requires fundamental societal shifts of values and ethical relations to the natural world. It discusses the important and progressive changes that have occurred in perceptions of nature during the past half century, changes that have resulted in improved stewardship of aspects of the natural world. It advocates a biocultural perspective, a response that views human values and ethical relations toward the natural world as bounded by species biological requirements, but shaped and influenced by individual and cultural learning and experience.

Keywords:   environmental crisis, conservation, biophilia, ethical relations, perceptions of nature

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