Toward Teaching Environmental Ethics: Exploring Problems in the Language of Evolving Social Values

Eugene Hargrove


I 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.

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