Natural Enemies

The following sections describe three kinds of environmental conflict, concentrating on a subtle but crucial contrast between conflicting values and conflicting priorities. I discuss what it takes to avoid, manage, and resolve these kinds of environmental conflict. I discuss the contingent connection between environmental conflict resolution and environmental justice. Finally, I argue that economics can help us understand how to resolve environmental conflict. While we need not (and should not) attempt to reduce all values to economic values, we do need to understand that there is a certain logic to the working of economic systems. To ignore the logic of human economy is to ignore the logic of human ecology and thus to ignore the logic of any ecology in which humans play a role. Anyone who truly cares about the environment would not do that.


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Published in: Environmental Ethics
2000 22 Pages 397-408
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