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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice$
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Michael Maniates and John M. Meyer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014366

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014366.001.0001

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Sacrifice in an Age of Comfort

Sacrifice in an Age of Comfort

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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice

Paul Wapner

The MIT Press

The new environmentalism, considered Promethean, believes that environmental problems can be better addressed by involving the political process in more intelligent ways. The new environmentalists consider these problems as technological, economic, or policy problems that need better design, engineering, market adjustment, or reformist public policy. The chapter criticizes the new environmentalism ideals and considers that the new breed of have-it-all environmentalism frequently ignores the moral dimension. It discusses the moral dimension involved in ecological safety and the concern that sensible efforts are needed to create an ecological space for everyone to live properly. The new environmentalists promise greater comfort and freedom without any compromise or sacrifice to live in a green world; they believe that some technical adjustments can thwart environmental problems. The author has a different opinion and insists that sacrifice in the contemporary world is quite important to reducing the climatic impact on the earth.

Keywords:   new environmentalism, environmental problems, political process, freedom, morality

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