Opinion: Why protect nature? Rethinking values and the environment.

Chan, K. M. A., Balvanera, P., Benessaiah, K., Chapman, M., Diaz, S., Gomez-Baggethun, E., Gould, R., Hannahs, N., Jax, K., Klain, S., Luck, G. W., Martin-Lopez, B., Muraca, B., Norton, B., Ott, Konrad, Pascual, U., Satterfield, T., Tadaki, M., Taggart, J. and Turner, N. (2016) Opinion: Why protect nature? Rethinking values and the environment. PNAS Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113 (6). pp. 1462-1465. DOI 10.1073/pnas.1525002113.

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A cornerstone of environmental policy is the debate over protecting nature for humans’ sake (instrumental values) or for nature’s (intrinsic values). We propose that focusing only on instrumental or intrinsic values may fail to resonate with views on personal and collective well-being, or “what is right,” with regard to nature and the environment. Without complementary attention to other ways that value is expressed and realized by people, such a focus may inadvertently promote worldviews at odds with fair and desirable futures. It is time to engage seriously with a third class of values, one with diverse roots and current expressions: relational values. By doing so, we reframe the discussion about environmental protection, and open the door to new, potentially more productive policy approaches

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 16 Chan, Kai M. A. Balvanera, Patricia Benessaiah, Karina Chapman, Mollie Diaz, Sandra Gomez-Baggethun, Erik Gould, Rachelle Hannahs, Neil Jax, Kurt Klain, Sarah Luck, Gary W. Martin-Lopez, Berta Muraca, Barbara Norton, Bryan Ott, Konrad Pascual, Unai Satterfield, Terre Tadaki, Marc Taggart, Jonathan Turner, Nancy
Research affiliation: Kiel University
Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R02
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1073/pnas.1525002113
ISSN: 0027-8424
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2017 08:03
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 23:19
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/36032

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