Bioregionalism and Global Ethics: A Transactional Approach to Achieving Ecological Sustainability, Social Justice, and Human Well-being by Richard Evanoff
Bioregionalism and Global Ethics indicate that current trends towards globalization are creating completely new social and environmental problems that require dialogue between cultures in order to create a new "global…
Bioregionalism and Global Ethics synopsis
Bioregionalism and Global Ethics indicate that current trends towards globalization are creating completely new social and environmental problems that require dialogue between cultures in order to create a new "globalethics". Existing models of development are based on an implicit global ethic that calls for raising the standard of living for everyone in the world to the standards of living that are dominated by the so-called "developed" countries through unlimited economic growth. Ivanov argues that this goal is not only unattainable but also undesirable because it ultimately undermines the ability of the environment to maintain human and non-human prosperity alike, exacerbates social disparities within and between cultures, and fails to achieve true human health between all Except for a wealthy minority.
An alternative global biological, regional ethic has been proposed that seeks to maximize environmental sustainability,socialjustice and human well-being by creating economically self-sustaining and politically decentralized societies separate from the global market but created at appropriate levels to address problems that cross cultural boundaries. Such ethics are based on a transactional view of the relationship between self, society and nature, which attempts to create more symbiotic and less incompatible patterns of interaction between human cultures and natural environments, while promoting both prosperity.
Rather than having a single homogeneous global ethic, biological territoriality suggests that there must be sufficient convergence between cultures to allow the successful resolution of mutual problems, but also sufficient spacing to enable the continuous development of biological and cultural diversity on a global scale.