Canadian Issues in Environmental Ethics
  • Publication Date: June 10, 1997
  • ISBN: 9781551111285 / 1551111284
  • 416 pages; 7" x 9"

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Canadian Issues in Environmental Ethics

  • Publication Date: June 10, 1997
  • ISBN: 9781551111285 / 1551111284
  • 416 pages; 7" x 9"

Is it possible to design a forest policy that satisfies ethical and environmental concerns and is acceptable to business, labour and First Nations representatives? What is the best path through the tangle of ethical issues surrounding the collapse of the east coast fishery? What sort of obligations does a rich nation such as Canada have to satisfy the claims of global environmental justice?

These are the sorts of issues in applied ethics that are tackled in this collection of essays, the vast majority of which have been written especially for this volume. It is the first Canadian collection of its kind.

The book is divided in to sections detailing with such topics as the environment and the economy; ethical issues relating to non-human animals; issues of gender; and issues relating to native peoples. Most of the authors are philosophers, though specialists in geography, geology, and the social sciences are also among the contributors.

Frequent reference is made to theoretical ethical concerns, but the focus throughout is on applied ethics, and a variety of case studies are included. (Examples include essays on animal rights and the case of native hunters; surface mining in Northern Ontario, the Quebec arctic; and fishing communities in the Maritimes.) Comparisons are frequently drawn to policies and ethical questions arising in other countries-most prominently the United States.


“I think this introduction indispensable for the student or the general reader. … This book is welcome and much needed. … ” — University of Toronto Quarterly


  • Themes in Canadian Applied Environmental Ethics
    Alex Wellington, Allan Greenbaum and Wesley Cragg

Resource Use — Forestry

  1. Shifting Values
    Alan Drengson and Duncan Taylor
  2. Environmental Ethics and Canadian Forest Policy

    Peter Miller
  3. The Forests at Barrière Lake
    Elise Shenkier and Thomas Meredith

Resource Use — Fishing and Mining

  1. The Aftermath of Collapse
    Ray Rogers

  2. Ethics, Surface Mining and the Environment
    Wesley Cragg, David Pearson and James Cooney

Resource Use — Biotechnology and Nuclear Power

  1. Ethics for New Life Forms
    David Oppenheim and Robert Gibson
  2. Ethics of Wastes
    Andrew Brook

Resource Use — Corruption and Abuse of Power

  1. Politics, Ethics, and Ecology
    Lionel Rubinoff

Nature Preservation — Animals and Species

  1. Animal Rights and Native Hunters
    Wendy Donner
  2. Arguments for Vegetarianism
    Michael Fox
  3. Cattle and Prairie Ecology
    Roger Cohen
  4. Endangered Species Policy
    Alex Wellington

Nature Preservation — Wilderness Preservation and Land Use

  1. Wild Nature as Resource?
    Anne Bell
  2. The Long and the Short of Environmental Defence
    Jerry Valen DeMarco
  3. A Code of Ethics for Short Hills Park
    Ingrid Leman Stefanovic
  4. Market for Natural Heritage
    Allan Greenbaum

Environmental Justice — Native Issues

  1. Terrorism at Oka
    Laura Westra
  2. Ethics and Environmental Impact Statement
    Ron Pushchak
  3. Lessons for the Moose River Basin
    Wesley Cragg and Mark Schwartz
  4. Exploring Aboriginal Environmental Ethics
    Deborah McGregor

Environmental Justice — Ecofeminism

  1. An Overview of Ecofeminism
    Annie Booth
  2. Allies in Agriculture
    Karen Krug

Environment Justice — Pedagogy

  1. Environmental Education in a Democratic Society
    Pamela Courtenay Hall

Environmental Justice — International/Global Justice Issues

  1. International Environmental Justice
    Peter Penz

Notes on Contributors

Alex Wellington and Allan Greenbaum teach in the Department of Philosophy and the Division of Social Sciences, respectively, at York University. Wesley Cragg holds the George Gardiner Chair of Business Ethics in the Faculty of Administrative Studies and the Department of Philosophy at York; among the more recent of his publications is The Practice of Punishment (Routledge, 1992).