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How to think seriously about the planet : the case for an environmental conservatism

Author: Roger Scruton
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012.
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"The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over-exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution. In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Roger Scruton
ISBN: 9780199895571 0199895570
OCLC Number: 757485810
Notes: Revised edition of: Green philosophy.
"First published in hardback in Great Britain in 2011 by Atlantic Books"--Title page verso.
Description: 457 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Local warming --
Global alarming --
The search for salvation --
Radical precaution --
Market solutions and homeostasis --
The moral economy --
Heimat and habitat --
Beauty, piety and desecration --
Getting nowhere --
Begetting somewhere --
Modest proposals --
Appendix 1. Global justice --
Appendix 2. How should we live?
Responsibility: Roger Scruton.
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"The environment has long been the undisputed territory of the political Left, which casts international capitalism, consumerism, and the over-exploitation of natural resources as the principle threats to the planet, and sees top-down interventions as the most effective solution. In How to Think Seriously About the Planet, Roger Scruton rejects this view and offers a fresh approach to tackling the most important political problem of our time. The environmental movement, he contends, is philosophically confused and has unrealistic agendas. Its sights are directed at the large-scale events and the confrontation between international politics and multinational business. But Scruton argues that no large-scale environmental project, however well-intentioned, will succeed if it is not rooted in small-scale practical reasoning. Seeing things on a large scale promotes top-down solutions, managed by unaccountable bureaucracies that fail to assess local conditions and are rife with unintended consequences. Scruton argues for the greater efficacy of local initiatives over global schemes, civil association over political activism, and small-scale institutions of friendship over regulatory hyper-vigilance. And he suggests that conservatism is far better suited to solving environmental problems than either liberalism or socialism. Rather than entrusting the environment to unwieldy NGOs and international committees, we must assume personal responsibility and foster local control. People must be empowered to take charge of their environment, to care for it as they would a home, and to involve themselves through the kind of local associations that have been the traditional goal of conservative politics. Our common future is by no means assured, but as Roger Scruton clearly demonstrates in this important book, there is a path that can ensure the future safety of our planet and our species."--Jacket.

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