Eco Justice And Our Environmental Ethic

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Eco justice and our environmental ethic “ Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.” Edward Abbey The mark of a prosperous society lies within its ability to critique itself and its values. Perspective shapes our views of the environment and the ethical issues surrounding it. Edward Abbey was a radical environmentalist whose life’s work was to write about the issues that surround environmentalism and inspire people to take action. In this paper we will be discussing eco justice and environmental ethics from a diverse set of perspectives. Despite the differences in our individual environmental ethic we can all easily understand that when it comes down to it we deeply rely on the world around us. Yet we have still chosen to disregard concepts concerning the longevity of humanity. Overpopulation, exploitation of the third world, consumerism, unregulated growth, stewardship, language and education reform are all part of the social and environmental commentary our authors provide us with. Georg E. Tinker a Native American theologian uses his unique perspective to inquire about religions effects on our environment in “An American Indian Theological Response to Eco-Justice”. Similarly Cathryn Bailey comments on western societies view of animal ethics as a looking glass into societies views of life other than that of humans. C.A Bowers proposes educational reforms as a catalyst to the fall of a “Consumer dependent culture” (Bowers P.1). Likewise Rolf Jucker contributes to our conversation in his article “Have the Cake and Eat It:” Jucker evaluates the dominant ideologies that influence our prospective of the environment and our current unsuitable living arrangement. Anthropocentrism is one of the key concepts we are going to view as a cause of a poor environmental ethic. Our authors; Rolf Jucker in
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