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Toward Unity Among Environmentalists

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Today, six out of ten Americans describe themselves as "active" environmentalists or as "sympathetic" to the movement's concerns. The movement, in turn, reflects this millions-strong support in its diversity, encompassing a wide spectrum of causes, groups, and sometimes conflicting special interests. For far-sighted activists and policy makers, the question is how this diversity affects the ability to achieve key goals in the battle against pollution, erosion, and out-of-control growth. This insightful book offers an overview of the movement — its past as well as its present — and issues the most persuasive call yet for a unified approach to solving environmental problems. Focusing on examples from resource use, pollution control, protection of species and habitats, and land use, the author shows how the dynamics of diversity have actually hindered environmentalists in the past, but also how a convergence of these interests around forward-looking policies can be effected, despite variance in value systems espoused. The book is thus not only an assessment of today's movement, but a blueprint for action that can help pull together many different concerns under a common banner. Anyone interested in environmental issues and active approaches to their solution will find the author's observations both astute and creative.
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This book presents an argument that the environmental movement is a coalition of many groups working toward common objectives without common values. Norton believes this lack of unity causes unnecessary and divisive controversy and debate within the environmentalist community which impedes the development of effective and timely environmental management policies. The various participants in environmental debates see events so differently, and describe them in such diverse vocabularies, that the environmental movement, unlike other social action movements, lacks common theoretical principles. Norton's goal is to create a common language for discussing environmental issues as a first step towards a unified theory of environmental management. This book will be of a value to general readers with an interest in environmental and ecological issues; environmental planners and policy makers; conservation biologists, wildlife biologists; and ecologists.
Bryan G. Norton is professor of philosophy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is the author of "Linguistic Frameworks and Ontology," "Why Preserve Natural Variety?" and" Toward Unity among Environmentalists," and the editor of "The Preservation of Species,"
The environmentalist's dilemma; Moralists and aggregators: the case of Muir and Pinchot; Aldo Leopold and the search for an integrated theory of environmental management; Conservationists and preservationists today; Worldviews: a whirlwind tour; The pressures of growth; Pollution control; Biological diversity; Land use policy; Diverging worldviews, converging policies; Intertemporal ethics; Interspecific ethics; Epilogue: Differing senses of place.
From reviews of the hardback edition: "a desirable additon to the "environmental" literature...a milestone" International Journal of Environmental Studies " ...a masterly treatment which deserves a wide audience..." Environmental Values
Today, six out of ten Americans describe themselves as "active" environmentalists or as "sympathetic" to the movement's concerns. The movement, in turn, reflects this millions-strong support in its diversity, encompassing a wide spectrum of causes, groups, and sometimes conflicting special interests. For far-sighted activists and policy makers, the question is how this diversity affects the ability to achieve key goals in the battle against pollution, erosion, and
out-of-control growth. This insightful book offers an overview of the movement -- its past as well as its present -- and issues the most persuasive call yet for a unified approach to solving environmental problems. Focusing on examples from resource use, pollution control, protection of species and
habitats, and land use, the author shows how the dynamics of diversity have actually hindered environmentalists in the past, but also how a convergence of these interests around forward-looking policies can be effected, despite variance in value systems espoused. The book is thus not only an assessment of today's movement, but a blueprint for action that can help pull together many different concerns under a common banner. Anyone interested in environmental issues and active approaches to their
solution will find the author's observations both astute and creative.
"A good, clearly written. . .history of environmentalism." --Integrated Environmental Management
"In building his argument, Norton takes an interesting trek through the ideas of environmental notables (Pinchot, Muir, Leopold, Carson, deep ecologists), illustrating his ideas with practical instances of forest, watershed, and park management." --Earth Ethics
"This is a thoughtful and provocative book. I'd recommend this book for every teacher of environmental science or ecology. Students in advanced courses in ecology, environmental conservation, and environmental philosophy would also profit from the history of environmentalism and the vision of unification." --Ecology
"The book will be of general interest for a wide variety of readers: professionals and general readers, those studying environmental policy, and those simply having a general interest in it. A well-written book by an authority in the field." --Choice
"One of the few publications on the application of environmental ethics to policy and practice. No recent contribution by a philosopher is more directly related to land management professionals. Land management professionals should read this book because of its choice combination of themes: the 'environmentalists' dilemma,' land use policy examples, and environmental ethics worldviews." --Journal of the American Planning Association
"Bryan Norton is uniquely at home both in philosophical ethics and in contemporary ecological and policy debates. Both practically and metaphysically [the book] is a major contribution. Norton's extended discussions, which are grounded in turn in rich citations both of the current policy literature and of Norton's own interviews with many of the principles. One could profitably read the book just for these details. His reversal of the usual relation between
policy and principle remains extraordinarily important and provocative, and the optimism that this reversal makes possible is plausible and more than welcome." --Environmental Ethics
"A valuable addition to the literature of environmental ethics." --Hastings Center Report
"Already established as a mature theorist in the field, Bryan Norton has now produced a masterly treatment which deserves a wide audience. Norton's sensitive discussion rewards reading and re-reading as he clearly and systematically expounds the axioms and institutions underlying the various positions on environmental policy. If the area continues to attract writers as good as Norton, this is something to look forward to with relish." --Times Higher
Education Supplement
"There are good things to be found and, for non-post-modern readers, there are thoroughgoing chapters on Pollution Control, Biological Diversity, and Land Use Policy -- all related to the USA, but nevertheless of varying interest for the light shed on our own British and European problems." --New European
"Takes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental economics and environmental sociology from a philosophical perspective." --Environment
"A good, clearly written. . .history of environmentalism." --Integrated Environmental Management
"In building his argument, Norton takes an interesting trek through the ideas of environmental notables (Pinchot, Muir, Leopold, Carson, deep ecologists), illustrating his ideas with practical instances of forest, watershed, and park management." --Earth Ethics
"This is a thoughtful and provocative book. I'd recommend this book for every teacher of environmental science or ecology. Students in advanced courses in ecology, environmental conservation, and environmental philosophy would also profit from the history of environmentalism and the vision of unification." --Ecology
"The book will be of general interest for a wide variety of readers: professionals and general readers, those studying environmental policy, and those simply having a general interest in it. A well-written book by an authority in the field." --Choice
"One of the few publications on the application of environmental ethics to policy and practice. No recent contribution by a philosopher is more directly related to land management professionals. Land management professionals should read this book because of its choice combination of themes: the 'environmentalists' dilemma,' land use policy examples, and environmental ethics worldviews." --Journal of the American Planning Association
"Bryan Norton is uniquely at home both in philosophical ethics and in contemporary ecological and policy debates. Both practically and metaphysically [the book] is a major contribution. Norton's extended discussions, which are grounded in turn in rich citations both of the current policy literature and of Norton's own interviews with many of the principles. One could profitably read the book just for these details. His reversal of the usual relation between
policy and principle remains extraordinarily important and provocative, and the optimism that this reversal makes possible is plausible and more than welcome." --Environmental Ethics
"A valuable addition to the literature of environmental ethics." --Hastings Center Report
"Already established as a mature theorist in the field, Bryan Norton has now produced a masterly treatment which deserves a wide audience. Norton's sensitive discussion rewards reading and re-reading as he clearly and systematically expounds the axioms and institutions underlying the various positions on environmental policy. If the area continues to attract writers as good as Norton, this is something to look forward to with relish." --Times Higher
Education Supplement
"There are good things to be found and, for non-post-modern readers, there are thoroughgoing chapters on Pollution Control, Biological Diversity, and Land Use Policy -- all related to the USA, but nevertheless of varying interest for the light shed on our own British and European problems." --New European
"Takes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental economics and environmental sociology from a philosophical perspective." --Environment
"Provides a clear example of how the skills of a good philosopher can contribute insight in the discussion of the foundations of policy. Norton has produced a masterly treatment which deserves a wide audience. Norton's sensitive discussion rewards reading and re-reading as he clearly and systematically expounds the axioms and institutions underlying the various positions on environmental policy. . . . clearly illustrated by case studies . . . handled in the
fair, and competent manner that his readers have come to expect. The final achievement is considerable." --Environmental Values
"Powerfully argued. . . . a thought provoking and accessible analysis. . . . it has much to offer environmentalists in this country who are seeking to understand and re-assess the values underpinning their work." --Peter Rawcliffe, ECOS, A Review of Conservation
Author
Bryan G. Norton
Short Title
TOWARD UNITY AMONG ENVIRONMENT
Pages
304
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Language
English
ISBN-10
0195093976
ISBN-13
9780195093971
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
363.705
Year
1994
Publication Date
1994-09-30
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Oxford University Press Inc
Place of Publication
New York
Illustrations
line illustrations
Audience
Professional and Scholarly
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