Waterfall Environmental Science, Eighth Edition
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Chapter 6: Principles of Ecology: Self-Sustaining Mechanisms in Ecosystems

Environmentalism on Trial
In the Point/Counterpoint in Chapter 6, William Tucker and I debate the environmentalist's view of progress. In the text, I asked you to summarize their views and consider which view most closely relates to your view on the subject. To explore the issue further, we invite you to check out the web sites listed below. As you examine each site, be certain to identify who is providing the information and any hidden agendas they might have. The questions posed below will help you evaluate the web sites and clarify your own opinion. Spend a few minutes reviewing them before you start reading the information posted at these sites. Furthering the Exploration: To help you evaluate the Web sites and clarify your own opinion, write down your answers to the following questions. Taking an active part in this exercise will help you prepare for discussions in and out of your class.

1. What new facts, ideas, and viewpoints, if any, did these web sites provide for you? How did they further your understanding of this issue? Be specific.

2. Did your examination and analysis of the material affect your support of one of the two viewpoints presented in the text? If so, explain how and why.

3. After reading the material, can you think of an alternative position other than those taken by the authors? Explain it.

4. Do you think that the information provided by all organizations and individuals at the web sites you visited was reliable and unbiased? How much of the information was scientific? How much was each viewpoint based on ethics?
PointCounterpoint
Environmentalism: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
This site states: "Make no mistake about it: it is technology and progress that the nature-lovers are out to destroy." To quote again from the Newsweek survey: 'What worries ecologists is that people now upset about the environment may ultimately look to technology to solve everything...' This is repeated over and over again; technological solutions, they claim, will merely create new problems." The site provides a collection of articles and essays. It's hosted by the Ayn Rand Institute.
http://www.aynrand.org/site/PageServer?pagename=media_topic_environmentalism_and_animal_rights&JServSessionIdr008=jmsj8cnvj1.app1a
Environmental Defense Fund
The Environmental Defense Fund "tackle[s] the most serious environmental problems with: strong science, innovative markets, corporate partnerships, and effective laws and policy." This page describes how the EDF harnesses market forces for the sake of environmental progress.
http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1475

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