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Searching for Balance: Ecology and Environmentalism in a Changing World

Jan Dizzard

Jan E. Dizard
Charles Hamilton Houston Professor in American Culture (Sociology) and Pick Reader

March 15, 2011

Many of our most cherished environmental achievements—the National Parks, the protection of designated Wilderness Areas, and the recovery of many wildlife species—are fast becoming threadbare.  Changes in the science of ecology increasingly call into question the continuing relevance of the policies that led to the Parks, Wilderness Areas, and wildlife management.  These changes in the underlying science began before awareness of climate change came to the fore.  Taken together, these two changes are leading to a fundamental rethinking of our relationship to the natural world.

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