Nature’s Laws of Reciprocity

Authored by: Cameron La Follette? , Chris Maser

Sustainability and the Rights of Nature

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  June  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498788441
eBook ISBN: 9781315155999
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781315155999-2

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Abstract

Every crisis in today’s world—whether social or environmental—is a historical archive of human choices, decisions, legal opinions, subsequent actions, and compounding consequences, including those of yesterday. Despite all the evidence before us, we keep making the same types of unwise social-environmental decisions, staunchly defended by legal opinions that ignore the myriad volumes of historical evidence depicting their dire consequences. Each time we expect a new and different outcome. We humans face a growing cataclysm of suffering, not the least of which is caused by ideological strife, with its wanton destruction of irreplaceable resources, and the growing threat of global warming. Yet, those rare individuals who make decisions that would, in fact, further the social-environmental well-being of humanity and the Earth are too often thwarted through the political/legal system by the socially powerful minority who are afraid of losing their economic advantages.

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