"Tasks for Future Ecologists"

Clark, Mary E. | from Multimedia Library Collection:
Environmental Values (journal)

Clark, Mary E. “Tasks for Future Ecologists.” Environmental Values 1, no. 1, (1992): 35–46. doi:10.3197/096327192776680205.

Apparent conflicts between human jobs and welfare and the interests of wildlife can frequently be resolved if man is perceived as part of Nature rather than in opposition to it. However, social and scientific paradigms emphasize individuality at the expense of connectedness, and competition at the expense of co-operation. Ecologists are well placed to address the important questions of how fast human societies can adapt to change; which cultures are most adaptable, and how satisfactory given adaptations are likely to prove in the longer term. A new perception of time is needed, with serious questioning of such practices as discounting the future. Ecologists may be able to help predict the long term effects of climate change, not only on the environment, but also on human social systems.

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