By Andrew A. Brennan (auth.), R.J. Berry (eds.)
This is a ebook by way of those who have needed to make judgements which have an effect on the surroundings during which all of us stay, judgements which occasionally impact the standard of lifetime of thousands. it's not an instructional disquisition on tips to strategy decision-making. many of the chapters are written by way of scientists who've needed to take motion or make tips about environmental issues in occasions the place the information are incomplete or offerings hedged through elements past clinical answer; the result's that they have got needed to unravel dilemmas concerning the right means ahead within the topic. My short to the authors was once to explain concerns with which they'd been individually involved, instead of easily choose between the significant variety of envir- psychological difficulties 'out there'. the single exception to this was once Andrew Brennan (Chapter 1), who's a certified thinker; I requested him to claim whatever in regards to the methods and error indulged via environmental decision-makers. there's a few overlap among chapters, yet this isn't large. i've got made no try to dispose of it, as the goal has been to provide own issues of view, now not a scientific account of environmental difficulties. equally, there are very important subject matters which aren't lined. certainly, a critic could bitch ebook on environmental dilemmas which doesn't deal at once with the an important divide among improvement and conservation is sort of absolutely beside the point; from one perspective, it can be condemned as fiddling whereas Rome burns.
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In their letters and diaries they frequently remarked how wonderful it was to remove enough trees to see the stars or, even better, to see a neighbour and know that you are in a humanized landscape (Lillard, 1947). The forests were so vast and so large that few thought that they could ever be cut down. A peculiar type of male labourer, the logger, evolved and the mythical figure of the giant logger, Paul Bunyon, came to represent the heroic battle of man against the forest (Lillard, 1947). Stories of Paul Bunyon and his giant blue axe are still popular subjects of folk tales and songs in the Lake Region and the Pacific Northwest.
In countries such as Sweden, where most citizens share environmental attitudes and offical commissions involve all the parties of interest, compromise positions can be developed and frustration is reduced among interest groups. However, in the USA the solutions are obtained through an adversarial relationship that pits one side against the other, often in a court of law. This approach to environmental disagreement fits the penchant of American society to cast interaction in competitive, economic terms.
What we may regard as a pleasingly diverse environment may be one that requires active management on our part. Moreover, there is little point, I would suggest, in arguing that nature should be left free from our meddling. Non-interference in nature is no more an option for us than for any other mammal. It is the form of our meddling which raises moral, aesthetic and policy issues. In saying this, I am not arguing that there are no cases for land to be put aside or protected from human interference.