The Cultural Basis for Our Environmental Crisis

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Science  30 Oct 1970:
Vol. 170, Issue 3957, pp. 508-512
DOI: 10.1126/science.170.3957.508


The forces of democracy, technology, urbanization, increasing individual wealth, and an aggressive attitude toward nature seem to be directly related to the environmental crisis now being confronted in the Western world. The Judeo-Christian tradition has probably influenced the character of each of these forces. However, to isolate religious tradition as a cultural component and to contend that it is the "historical root of our ecological crisis" is a bold affirmation for which there is little historical or scientific support.

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