Biodiversity and Democracy: Rethinking Society and Nature by Paul M. Wood

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By Paul M. Wood

Biodiversity, says wooden (forest assets administration, U. of British Columbia) isn't a organic source that may be changed, yet a necessary environmental that's being irreversibly depleted. He strains the alarming price of extinction of species, genes, and ecosystems to democratic regulations that cater to temporary public personal tastes with very little trouble for the long run. He argues that biodiversity may be conserved whether it isn't within the public's present top pursuits.

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But in a general sense, there is a constitutional convention of responsible government stipulating that cabinet ministers individually and collectively are accountable to the legislature for their actions, including the administration of their ministries (52–53). ” Certainly, it is not as changeable as ordinary provincial or federal law, but it does need to be capable of evolution with changing circumstances. This aspect of Canadian law is a pivotal point for the main argument of this book. I will argue that an environmental change of immense importance to humans – namely, the accelerating loss of the world’s biodiversity – carries implications for the constitutional limitation of legislative and executive powers concerning the use of public forest land.

If someone tells you that a certain action would be wrong, and if there is no satisfactory answer, you may reject that advice as unfounded ... It is not merely that it would be a 33 34 Practical Reasoning about Nature good thing to have reasons for one’s moral judgments. The point is stronger than that. One must have reasons, or else one is not making a moral judgment at all” (Rachels 1986: 33). Sound reasoning cannot operate in a vacuum; it needs a substrate upon which to work. For moral philosophy, the dominant values of the culture are that substrate.

31 32 Practical Reasoning about Nature Critical Evaluation of Beliefs Normative claims, since they are based on values or norms, are sometimes presumed to be immune to rational analysis. 29 But this view radically underestimates the extent to which reason can refute or validate such claims as believable and, at the same time, overestimates the extent to which reason can justify empirical claims. The task of justification is to provide rational grounds for either rejecting or accepting certain beliefs, whether they are empirical or normative.

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