Concepts of nature: Are environmentalists confused?

Abstract

"Human beings ought to respect nature. For too long we have thought of ourselves as above nature, destroying our own habitat and annihilating other species which have as much right to exist as we do. The earth is an organic system in which each species must play its part, but humans have used technology to artificially disturb the harmony of nature. We cannot continue to violate nature's laws with impunity. If we don't respect our environment there will be disastrous consequences: nature will take her revenge and the human race will vanish from this planet.".

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David L. Thompson
Memorial University of Newfoundland

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