Humanity's distance to nature: time for environmental austerity?

Seppelt, Ralf, and Cumming, Graeme S. (2016) Humanity's distance to nature: time for environmental austerity? Landscape Ecology, 31 (8). pp. 1645-1651.

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Abstract

[Extract] We live at a point in the earth’s history at which human impacts on the environment are, for the first time, threatening not only the local but also the global functioning of ecosystems (Running 2012). With nowhere else to go, humanity must answer an overwhelmingly important question: given the existing constraints of population growth and economic demand, how can we reduce our impacts on our life support system? Current debate on this topic appears to be polarizing around two extremes. On one side, the ‘ecomodernists’ have argued that people should distance themselves from nature to reduce their impacts on it (Anonymous 2015). On the other, environmentalists have argued that people protect what they know and love, and that by distancing humanity from nature, we will lose our understanding and appreciation of it (Pergams and Zaradic 2008).

Item ID: 48466
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
ISSN: 1572-9761
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 05:00
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050104 Landscape Ecology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960599 Ecosystem Assessment and Management not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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