This paper starts from the premise that the current sustainability dilemma is at least partly rooted in gross popular ignorance of basic human ecology. Indeed, it is a deep irony of the human-induced environmental crisis that people have a dismally ill-developed understanding of themselves as ecological beings. The Cartesian dualism that underpins western scientific culture has created a wide psychological barrier between humans and the rest of nature, a barrier that prevents people from fully understanding their biophysical selves. The problem for both ecological integrity and economic sustainability is, that “no amount of ethical axiology, or legal, policy, and technological engineering, is going to solve problems that are misunderstood” (Drengson, 1989).
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- A Human Ecological Assessment of Economic and Population Health
PhD William E. Rees
- Springer Netherlands
- Chapter 26