Toward Teaching Environmental Ethics: Exploring Problems in the Language of Evolving Social Values
AbstractI explore the problems created by the natural and social science approaches to values in higher education, arguing that over time they will render moral language unintelligible. I illustrate these problems with an examination of the value implications of the Yukon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. I suggest a way in which value education at the primary and secondary school levels could help prepare adults of the future for a kind of policy making that promotes the values stipulated in environmental law. I use the concept of environmental citizenship pioneered by Environment Canada coupled with training in traditional values in the context of a variety of fields in the arts, humanities, and the sciences.