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Enlightenment Environmentalism: A Humanistic Response to Climate Change

Enlightenment Environmentalism: A Humanistic Response to Climate Change The author counters the prevailing pessimism about the environment, which he calls “Romantic Declinism,” with his own “Enlightenment humanism,” which is informed by science and belief in the possibility of progress. While sharing environmentalists’ goal of protecting the air and water, species, and ecosystems, the author begins with the conviction that environmental problems can be solved, given the right knowledge and proper use of it. Economic growth, while no doubt contributing to the problem, is also a major and essential part of the solution. Where Romantic Declinists see modern humans as “vile despoilers of a pristine planet,” the author views human ingenuity and technology as the path not to ecological suicide, but to a more prosperous, and eventually greener, global society. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Applied Corporate Finance Wiley

Enlightenment Environmentalism: A Humanistic Response to Climate Change

Journal of Applied Corporate Finance , Volume 33 (2) – Jun 1, 2021

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2021 Cantillon and Mann
ISSN
1078-1196
eISSN
1745-6622
DOI
10.1111/jacf.12455
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Abstract

The author counters the prevailing pessimism about the environment, which he calls “Romantic Declinism,” with his own “Enlightenment humanism,” which is informed by science and belief in the possibility of progress. While sharing environmentalists’ goal of protecting the air and water, species, and ecosystems, the author begins with the conviction that environmental problems can be solved, given the right knowledge and proper use of it. Economic growth, while no doubt contributing to the problem, is also a major and essential part of the solution. Where Romantic Declinists see modern humans as “vile despoilers of a pristine planet,” the author views human ingenuity and technology as the path not to ecological suicide, but to a more prosperous, and eventually greener, global society.

Journal

Journal of Applied Corporate FinanceWiley

Published: Jun 1, 2021

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