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Environmental Issues in Political Discourse in Britain and by Gilles Leydier, Alexia Martin

By Gilles Leydier, Alexia Martin

This booklet examines the political reaction to present environmental matters within the context of the British Isles. How have the problems been assimilated via political events? which of them were given precedence? who're the most actors and what's the function of ecologists? solutions to questions equivalent to those are supplied during this collective paintings, not just via invaluable insights into the theories and ideas present in political ecology, but in addition with particular exam of current political debates, corresponding to the Liberal Democrats' stance, the query of nuclear power or the salient factor of weather swap. A routine subject matter is the hyperlink among panorama and identification, explored within the contexts of Welsh, Scottish and Irish nationalisms. whereas this quantity unearths a few situations of actual dedication and potent motion, it additionally highlights discrepancies among statements of rationale at the one hand and carried out rules at the different. The authors' objective is to advertise discussion between politicians, specialists and teachers within the box of environmental matters, political and social sciences, linguistics and discourse.

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Un exercice de Coralie Raffenne 27 rest of the world. This conception of morality, or rather ethics, is to be contrasted with the modern approach according to which moral judgment requires the establishment of a distance between the thinking unfeeling subject and the object of his/her moral preoccupations. The Gaia metaphor is a crucial element of Lovelock’s ethical proposition. The metaphor stresses the living nature of Earth and thus the necessity to reconsider our relationship to it. The metaphor encourages us to feel responsibility and interdependency.

According to Latour and Hache, the use of a metaphor allows us to break free from the modern tradition of indifference and distance as a guarantee of moral objectivity. Yet, the moral fable is operative because of its anthropomorphism which is opposed and used to counteract the anthropocentrism of traditional ethical questioning. Lovelock’s metaphor illustrates a strategic approach to ethics. In an anthropocentric culture, the environment has to be personified to be included in our moral framework.

Lovelock is well aware of that and presents his moral fable as a humanistic one. The Gaia hypothesis is not about saving Earth from human destruction: The whole point is that the planet recovers from these events, even disasters in which 90 percent of species have been wiped out. To me, this shows how effective Gaia is at bringing the earth back from the brink of catastrophe to a healthy state. That’s what homeostasis is all about. 4 It is about saving Humanity from Man: 4 In James Lovelock, The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A Final Warning , Basic Books, London, 2009 28 Gaia: Myth beyond Science, Ethics beyond Politics This is the very essence of Gaia theory…all the evidence is that Gaia will survive…even people will survive, in greatly reduced numbers.

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