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Disagreeing on the basics: environmental debates reflect competing world views

, : Disagreeing on the basics: environmental debates reflect competing world views. Alternatives 18(3): 26-33

In the past few years, the term 'sustainable development' has been adopted by groups espousing conflicting interests and values. Beneath this confusion of positions lies a conflict between fundamentally antithetical world views. These each have their own set of assumptions about knowledge and values including their own vision of the proper human-environment relationships. They are referred to respectively as the Expansionist World View, and the Ecological World View.

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