Preservation of wilderness: The need to go beyond intrinsic values and rights?

Wing-po LAM, Chi Kin John LEE

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Abstract

In Hong Kong the wilderness is facing threats. To protect the low lying coastal areas from the growing pressure of development, convincing environmental ethics subscribed by the general public are needed to mount up social pressure to formulate comprehensive policy on conservation. This study focuses on examining the environmental ethics embedded in the instructional materials and programs of major green groups. How the green groups publicize their environment philosophies through articles or education programs are influential in convincing the public to support and initiate environmental conservation. There are various environmental positions. Some may go for the intrinsic values in Nature, some may regard that it is immoral to disregard the rights of Nature, while others look for the instrumental values of Nature to help saving the wilderness. A discussion on the intrinsic environmental value, environmental and instrumental value follows to compare the pros and cons of justifying the need for environmental conservation through different ethical perspectives. Copyright © 2006 The Chinese University Press.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationValues education for citizens in the new century
EditorsRoger H. M. CHENG, John C. K. LEE, Leslie N. K. LO
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherThe Chinese University Press
Pages133-150
ISBN (Print)9789629961534, 9629961539
Publication statusPublished - May 2006

Citation

Lam, W.-P., & Lee, J. C. K. (2006). Preservation of wilderness: The need to go beyond intrinsic values and rights? In R. H. M. Cheng, J. C. K. Lee, & L. N. K. Lo (Eds.), Values education for citizens in the new century (pp. 133-150). Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.

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