Saturday, 12 June 2010

A Human Centred Ecological Awareness: Josie Appleton's essay, 'The Challenge of Climate Change: Towards Human Species Consciousness'

Josie Appleton's essay on the RSA website is very controversial, likely to upset deep ecologists, dark greens, and assorted anti-science/anti-technological types. But I found it an inspiring counterpoint to the eco-doommongers and life stylists of the mainstream green movement, offering a rudimentary philosophical basis for an environmentally aware but ruthlessly human centred politics. It has flaws of course; its vague, almost new age, liberal idealism ('Human Species Consciousness') and an absence of any mention of the radical left. Read the essay here and make your own mind up.

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