The Robert Lunz Group
Representing Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties in South Carolina
Monthly Membership Meeting
Membership meetings occur at 7:00-8:30pm on the first Thursday of each month at Baruch Auditorium, 284 Calhoun Street, downtown Charleston. (Part of the MUSC campus) Click here for directions.Click here for a map.
The debate over whether we have entered a new geological epoch known as "The Anthropocene" has helped spawn "Age-of- Man Environmentalism" (AME). According to AME, the planetary scale of humans' impact indicates that respect for an independent nature can no longer serve as a guiding value for environmentalism. Traditional environmental goals of nature preservation and restoration are problematically grounded in the illusory ideal of pristine nature. Humans are now fully integrated into nature and have no choice but to become responsible managers of the earth we have created and to govern it according to our ideals.
This talk critically examines AME and defends traditional environmental values of naturalness and respect for nature's autonomy. AME's serious exaggeration of the extent of human influence over Earth manifests an anthropocentric narcissism that is blind to the ongoing agency of nature. Rather than becoming gods or parents of a nature that allegedly needs us, human flourishing requires we strengthen our commitment to humility, restraint, and respect for the gifted character of the world. Naturalness is increasingly valuable the more rare it becomes. AME's insistence on a thoroughly managed future ignores the possibility of rewilding and turning nature loose. Its promotion of non-native species and ill-defined "novel ecosystems" is an attempt to polish the image of human-impacted nature and denigrate the value of preserved wild areas. Taking seriously the massive human impact on earth does not require abandoning traditional environmental values.
If you weren't in such a hurry the mountains could stay mountains!
Save the dates for these upcoming programs at Baruch Auditorium, 284 Calhoun Street:
Thursday, Dec 4, 7 pm – “Animals often "are what they eat," but they also "are" a representation of their life experiences and the environment in which they live." Paul Nolan, PhD
(Baruch Auditorium on MUSC campus at 284 Calhoun St)