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Environmental worldview short
Environmental worldview short
Environmental worldview short
Environmental worldview short
Environmental worldview short
Environmental worldview short
Environmental worldview short
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  • 1. What is an Environmental Worldview?
    • It is an individual’s belief about:
      • What ones own role in the world should be
      • What is a right or wrong environmental behavior (environmental ethics) and . . .
      • How the world works
    • Because of differing worldviews, 2 people might interpret the same environmental data and reach different conclusions.
    • This happens because the 2 people start with different assumptions and values .
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  • 3. What is your ecological identity?
    • To determine our ecological identities, an Environmental educator has suggested we ask ourselves the 4 basic questions below:
    • 1. Where do the things I consume come from?
    • 2. What do I know about the place where I live?
    • 3. How am I connected to the earth and other living things?
    • 4. What is my purpose and responsibility as a human being on this planet?
  • 4. Egocentric Worldview
    • Egocentric Worldview:
    • is a belief based on the view that oneself should do everything what supports one`s own interests and profit.
    • According to Egocentric worldviews:
      • Only oneself has intrinsic value.
      • Other human & nature have instrumental value.
      • Any action is based on one´s personal wealth.
  • 5. Anthropocentric Worldview
    • Anthropocentric Worldview:
    • is a belief based on the view that some tree, a wild species or the biosphere has value only because of its usefulness to us.
    • According to Anthropocentric worldviews:
      • Humans have intrinsic value.
      • The rest of nature has instrumental value.
      • We are in charge of the earth and can act as masters or caretakers to other species.
  • 6. Basic beliefs of Human-centered Worldviews
    • We are the planet’s most important species and also in charge of the rest of nature.
    • The earth has an unlimited supply of resources. Even if there are shortages, we can find substitutes.
    • We can solve environmental problems with our technology
    • Our success on earth depends upon how well we can understand, control and manage earth’s life-supporting systems.
    • The potential for economic growth is limitless and more economic growth is always good.
  • 7. Limits of human-centered worldviews
    • We do not have enough knowledge about the earth to become its managers
    • We are not aware of the total number of species on earth much less the roles the species play in maintaining ecosystems.
    • Free-market system won’t save the earth because profit maximization takes precedence over loses of earth’s capital
    • Human-centered views focus on short-term economic benefits regardless of environmental consequences
    • Spaceship view won’t work because human constructs of the earth are often over simplified.
  • 8. Life-centered and earth-centered environmental worldviews
    • Main Beliefs:
    • These viewpoints see an intrinsic value in all forms of life, irrespective of their potential or actual uses to humans.
    • Nature exists not only for humans but for all of the earth’s species
  • 9. Major life and earth-centered environmental worldviews
    • 1) Life-centered (biocentric) school: believes that humans have an ethical responsibility to not cause premature extinction of any species
    • Every organism has an inherent right to survive as well as having a potential economic good for human use.
    • Every organism is capable through evolution of adapting to changing environmental conditions.
  • 10. Life and earth-centered environmental worldviews
    • 2) Earth-centered (ecocentric) school : is devoted to preserving the totality of earth’s biodiversity and the functioning of its life-supporting systems.
    • Main beliefs: We are part of the community of life and the ecological processes that sustain life.
    • We should not only preserve individual organisms but a species in a functioning ecosystem.