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Reflect on your own worldview and compare it with the worldviews presented in the text. Provide examples of the benefits of your view to defend your position.

Ms. Sue I have to take part to a discussion I just read the 2 pages assigned but I cannot grasp the information, please refer me to some websites where I can read some more. Thanks.

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    Worldview is such a broad topic that I have no way of finding information to supplement your text.

    Please type some (or all) of those pages here, and I'll help you understand them.

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    Each of us has a particular worldview—that is, a commonly
    shared perspective based on a collection of our
    basic values that helps us make sense of the world, understand
    our place and purpose in it, and determine
    right and wrong behaviors. These worldviews lead to
    behaviors and lifestyles that may or may not be compatible
    with environmental sustainability.
    Two extreme, competing environmental worldviews
    are the Western worldview and the deep ecology worldview. These two worldviews, admittedly broad generalizations,
    are at nearly opposite ends of a spectrum of
    worldviews relevant to global sustainability problems,
    and each approaches environmental
    responsibility in a radically
    different way.
    The traditional Western
    worldview, also known
    as the expansionist worldview,
    is human-centered and utilitarian.
    It mirrors the beliefs
    of the 19th-century frontier
    attitude, a desire to conquer
    and exploit nature as quickly
    as possible (Figure 2.5).
    The Western worldview also
    advocates the inherent rights
    of individuals, accumulation
    of wealth, and unlimited
    consumption of goods and
    services to provide material
    comforts. According to the
    Western worldview, humans
    have a primary obligation to
    humans and are therefore
    responsible for managing
    natural resources to benefit
    human society. Thus, any
    concerns about the environment
    are derived from human
    worldview An
    understanding of
    our place in the
    world based on human
    and dominance
    over nature, the unrestricted
    use of
    natural resources,
    and increased economic
    growth to
    manage an expanding
    industrial base.
    worldview that
    helps us make
    sense of how the
    environment works,
    our place in the
    environment, and
    right and wrong
    Western worldview Figure 2.5
    A Logging operations in 1884. This huge logjam
    occurred on the St. Croix River near Taylors Falls,
    Minnesota. B The Western worldview in action
    today. A logging company road cuts through an Indonesian
    forest, making the region’s hardwoods
    available for logging.
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    The deep ecology
    worldview is a diverse set of
    viewpoints that dates from the
    1970s and is based on the work
    of Arne Naess, a Norwegian
    philosopher, and others, including
    ecologist Bill Devall
    and philosopher George Sessions.
    The principles of deep
    ecology, as expressed by Naess
    in Ecology, Community and Lifestyle
    (1989), include:
    1. Both human and nonhuman life has intrinsic
    value. The value of nonhuman life-forms is independent
    of the usefulness they may have for
    narrow human purposes.
    2. Richness and diversity of life-forms contribute
    to the flourishing of human and nonhuman
    life on Earth (Figure 2.6).
    3. Humans have no right to reduce this richness
    and diversity except to satisfy vital needs.
    4. Present human interference with the nonhuman
    world is excessive, and the situation is
    rapidly worsening.
    5. The flourishing of human life and cultures is
    compatible with a substantial decrease in the
    human population. The flourishing of nonhuman
    life requires such a decrease.
    deep ecology
    worldview An
    understanding of
    our place in the
    world based on harmony
    with nature, a
    spiritual respect for
    life, and the belief
    that humans and all
    other species have
    an equal worth.
    Preservation of biological diversity is an important
    part of the deep ecology worldview Figure 2.6
    A California meadow. (Inset) A rain forest grasshopper in Indonesia.
    According to the deep ecology worldview, these
    plant and animal species have as much right to a place in the
    environment as humans do.
    Human Values and Environmental Problems 31
    short-term and long-term consequences of your particular
    worldview? We must develop and incorporate into
    our culture a long-lasting, environmentally sensitive
    worldview if the environment is to be sustainable for us,
    for other living organisms, and for future generations.
    32 CHAPTER 2 Environmental Sustainability and Human Values
    6. Significant change of life conditions for the
    better requires changes in economic, technological,
    and ideological structures.
    7. The ideological change is mainly that of appreciating
    life quality rather than adhering to a
    high standard of living.
    8. Those who subscribe to the foregoing points
    have an obligation to participate in the attempt
    to implement the necessary changes.
    Compared to the Western worldview, the deep
    ecology worldview represents a radical shift in how humans
    relate themselves to the environment. The deep
    ecology worldview stresses that all forms of life have the
    right to exist, and that humans are not different or separate
    from other organisms. Humans have an obligation
    to themselves and to the environment. The deep
    ecology worldview advocates sharply curbing human
    population growth. It does not advocate returning to a
    society free of today’s technological advances but instead
    proposes a significant rethinking of our use of
    current technologies and alternatives. It asks individuals
    and societies to share an inner spirituality connected
    to the natural world.
    Most people today do not fully embrace either
    the Western worldview or the deep ecology worldview.
    The Western worldview is anthropocentric and emphasizes
    the importance of humans as the overriding concern
    in the grand scheme of things. In contrast, the
    deep ecology worldview is biocentric and views humans
    as one species among others. The planet’s natural resources
    could not support its more than 6.5 billion humans
    if each consumed the high level of goods and
    services sanctioned by the Western worldview. On the
    other hand, the world as envisioned by the deep ecology
    worldview could support only a fraction of the existing
    human population (Figure 2.7).
    These worldviews, while not practical for widespread
    adoption, are useful to keep in mind as you examine
    various environmental issues in later chapters. In
    the meantime, you should think about your own worldview
    and discuss it with others—whose worldviews will
    probably be different from your own. Thinking leads to
    actions, and actions lead to consequences. What are the
    At one time or another, most of us yearn for the simpler life
    that the tenets of deep ecology advocate. However, there
    are far too many people and far too little land for us all to
    embrace this lifestyle. Photographed in Humboldt County,

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    This article states there are two ways of looking at the world.

    1. Western point of view -- the earth and its resources are ours to use:

    This world view believes that everything on earth is here to serve people. We can use all of the gas we want. We can pollute the air and water. We can buy, buy, buy -- and throw away, throw away, throw away. We can fill our town and county dumps with our garbage.

    2. Ecological point of view -- humans are only one of millions of species on earth:

    This world view states that people must share the earth, not only with each other but with all of the other plant and animal species. We should use as little as possible of the earth's resources. We should live a simple life, and leave little trace of our existence on earth.

    Rose, your assignment is to discuss these two points of view. I think most of us believe in the ecological point of view, but don't want to give everything up. We want gas for our cars and electricity for our homes. We want to eat fast food out of cardboard boxes sometimes.

    Many of us are also willing to recycle our cans, bottles, and newspapers. We'll also carry our groceries home in reusable bags. We'll keep the air conditioner set at a warm temperature in the summer and a cool temperature in the winter. We'll also try to conserve on gas by driving less.

    What side are you on?

    Do you think we have the right to use all of the earth's resources?

    Do you think we shouldn't use any of the earth's resources?

    Or do you think we should compromise and use as little as possible?

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    Worldview is the entire concept of my belief. In essence, it is how I envision the world and view things in general. It is a set of belief, statement that could be true or fake etc. It is also my observation on how I see the world around me. And, ultimately, the worldview is very diversivied whether or not you are looking at psychology, religion, ethic, economy and sociology. The worldview has to work around an entire spectrum around us. Everyone has a worldview , even if you have not embrace it yet. The manner that I view the world, humanity and my belief in God; that is my worldview.

    (I just wrote this tell me what you think)

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    Rose -- you've written a very general paragraph about worldview.

    But -- you didn't answer my questions.

    Please try to answer the questions I posted above.

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    I'm looking forward to seeing your answers to my questions tomorrow.

    I'm signing off now. Have a great evening, Rose!

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