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Environmental Stewardship, Moral Psychology and Gardens

Marcello di Paola

Environmental Values 22 (2013): 503-521. doi: 10.3197/096327113X13690717320784


Vast and pervasive environmental problems such as climate change and biodiversity loss call every individual to active stewardship. Their magnitude and causal and strategic structures, however, pose powerful challenges to our moral psychology. Stewardship may feel overburdening, and appear hopeless. This may lead to widespread moral and political disengagement. This article proposes a resolve to garden practices as a way out of that danger, and describes the ways in which it will motivate individuals to so act as to coordinate on behavioural patterns that will significantly alleviate grave, but seemingly distant and intractable environmental quandaries.


Moral psychology, environmental stewardship, gardens, resolve, virtue theory, coordination

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

Environmental Values and Human Purposes. Ted Benton

A Perfect Moral Storm: Climate Change, Intergenerational Ethics and the Problem of Moral Corruption. Stephen M. Gardiner

Social Practice and the Evolution of Personal Environmental Values. Sarah Hards

Climate, Collective Action and Individual Ethical Obligations. Marion Hourdequin

Climate Change and Individual Responsibility: A Reply to Johnson. Marion Hourdequin

Ethical Obligations in a Tragedy of the Commons. Baylor L. Johnson

The Possibility of a Joint Communiqué: My Response to Hourdequin. Baylor Johnson

A Defence of Environmental Stewardship. Jennifer Welchman

CITATIONS in other Environmental Values articles

Editorial: Some Reasons for Optimism Simon Hailwood

Virtues for the Anthropocene. Marcello di Paola

Equity and ITQs: About Fair Distribution in Quota Management Systems in Fisheries. Ralf Doering, Leyre Goti, Lorena Fricke, Katharina Jantzen

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