A good that transcends. How US culture undermines environmental reform. (Book, 2017) [WorldCat.org]
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A good that transcends. How US culture undermines environmental reform.

Author: Eric T Freyfogle
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since the birth of the modern environmental movement in the 1970s, the United States has witnessed dramatic shifts in social equality, ecological viewpoints, and environmental policy. With these changes has also come an increased popular resistance to environmental reform, but, as Eric T. Freyfogle reveals in this book, that resistance has far deeper roots. Calling upon key environmental voices from the past and  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric T Freyfogle
ISBN: 9780226326085 022632608X 9780226326115 022632611X
OCLC Number: 977476411
Description: 240 pages
Responsibility: Eric T. Freyfogle.

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Since the birth of the modern environmental movement in the 1970s, the United States has witnessed dramatic shifts in social equality, ecological viewpoints, and environmental policy. With these changes has also come an increased popular resistance to environmental reform, but, as Eric T. Freyfogle reveals in this book, that resistance has far deeper roots. Calling upon key environmental voices from the past and present including Aldo Leopold, Wendell Berry, David Orr, and even Pope Francis in his Encyclical and exploring core concepts like wilderness and the tragedy of the commons, Ä Good That Transcends" not only unearths the causes of our embedded culture of resistance, but also offers a path forward to true, lasting environmental initiatives. A lawyer by training, with expertise in property rights, Freyfogle uses his legal knowledge to demonstrate that bad land use practices are rooted in the way in which we see the natural world, value it, and understand our place within it. While social and economic factors are important components of our current predicament, it is our culture, he shows, that is driving the reform crisis and in the face of accelerating environmental change, a change in culture is vital. Drawing upon a diverse array of disciplines from history and philosophy to the life sciences, economics, and literature, Freyfogle seeks better ways for humans to live in nature, helping us to rethink our relationship with the land and craft a new conservation ethic.

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