Deep Ecology And Environmental Pragmatism

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The concept of sustainability is becoming an ever more relevant and popular ideology today. Many college campuses take great pride in their sustainability, they take many steps to ensure that their garbage output, water usage and other various items are sustainable or working towards that goal. In areas outside of the college camps setting however, sustainability is often hard to reach due to a wide array of concepts, including deep ecology and environmental pragmatism. I believe the two “key points” (of the 8) behind deep ecology is that humans have no right to reduce the richness and diversity of our natural resources, and that human interference with the non-human world is excessive (Naess 3). Simply put, deep ecology is a push back against our over use of resources, with a goal to hardly use them at all. This concept occasionally goes together with the view held by many on environmental pragmatism, but the two often collide with each other. Environmental pragmatism involves the basic concept that humans are part of the environment and that this must be taken into account with its management (Light 3). This means that humans historical and cultural uses of the land must be taken into account with its management, even if it is not the “best” option for the land management. These two perspectives can come together to create a more sustainable environment, but they more often have very extreme differences of how to manage an area, and this is when “wicked problems” can

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