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Week 1 Write-up Jordan Anderson David Pepper Each society has a cultural filter or a world view. It is composed of economic, social, cultural and political assumptions which are rarely challenged and lead to a distorted perception of nature. At the root of environmental destruction are cultural filters/worldviews that perceive nature as purely a resource to be exploited. Ultimately to achieve a harmonious relationship with nature these worldview need to be reformed or completely eliminated. Within the environmental movement there are different cultural filters. In general there are two schools of thought. Technocentric’s continue to see man as separate from nature, that technology will be able to overcome environmental problems and development = economic growth. Ecocentric’s see man and nature as equals, only a shift in belief systems can save the environment and development = growth in the quality of life.
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