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By Juha Hiedanpää, Daniel W. Bromley

This publication systematically deconstructs the pervasive and counter-productive discourse surrounding environmental coverage. The authors argue that environmental coverage difficulties are continually framed such that clash is inevitable—a specific undertaking or coverage needs to be accredited as opposed to a particular environmental asset that needs to be safe. Over the process 12 chapters, the authors display that convinced but contradictory assertions through contending pursuits hinder worthwhile deliberation and cause giving. They argue that deliberation is a crucial social means of reflecting upon the explanations for doing anything. Their cutting edge technique permits discourse and collaboration to proceed, until—after sincere and educated deliberation—the larger means ahead is arrived at. This method of environmental coverage illustrates simply how very positive and permitting the hunt for the reasonable can be.

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We do not find the idea of wicked problems very useful—perhaps because all environmental issues are highly contested. A proposal to protect a wetland threatens highway construction plans, development prospects for homes or businesses, or perhaps a city’s plans for some other desired use of that space. The pressure to reduce river pollution arouses immediate reaction from industries that have long used waterways as free waste-disposal facilities. The list goes on and is too familiar to require elaboration here.

Much of the environmental literature regards humans as standing apart from nature, while human interactions with nature are generally conceived 24 Environmental Heresies as harmful or exploitive. Environmentalism asks us to be kinder to this objectified other. In Chap. 3 we argue that this narrative of apartness is flawed on epistemological grounds. Our view is that humans are not subjects standing apart from an objectified nature. Humans are products of nature, and human life is sustained by nature.

These works do not refer to pragmatism as a philosophical tradition. Instead they refer to the administrative, bureaucratic, utilitarian approach of fixing beliefs that frame and guide much environmental planning and decision making (Spash 2013). Morality of routine constructs reasons for arriving at a willingness to act in certain path dependent ways. It is about the compulsion of clear purpose in particular social–ecological settings. This is indeed a problem. When thinking about the societal importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services, there are allusions to recreation, to landscapes, and to the spiritual aspects of particular settings and circumstances.

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