Cronon - to make the world as we know it (Cronon 25) Most...

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Cronon Learning to honor the wild - learning to remember and acknowledge the autonomy of the other-means striving for critical self-consciousness in all of our actions. It means the deep reflection and respect must accompany each act of use, and means too that we must always consider the possibility of non-use. It means looking at the part of nature we intend to turn toward our own ends and asking whether we can use it again and again and again-sustainably-without its being diminished in the pro- cess. It means never imagining that we can flee into a mythical wilderness to escape history and the obligation to take responsibility for our own actions that history ines- capably entails. Most of all, it means practicing remembrance and gratitude, for thanks- giving is the simplest and most basic of ways for us to recollect the nature, the culture, and the history that have come together
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Unformatted text preview: to make the world as we know it (Cronon 25) Most of our most serious environmental problems start right here, at home, and if we are to solve those prob- lems, we need an environmental ethic that will tell us as much about using nature as about not using it. The wilderness dualism tends to cast any use as ab-use, and thereby denies us a middle ground in which responsible use and non-use might attain some kind of balanced, sustainable relationship (Cronon 21) prospect of global climate change as a result of unintentional human manipulation of the atmosphere means that nature as we once knew it no longer exists.29 Whereas earlier generations inhabited a natural world that remained more or less unaffected by their actions, our own generation is uniquely different (Cronon 18)...
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