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Conservation vs Environmentalism

Bindi Irwin
As you know I'm a conservationist not an environmentalist. I've given some hints as to what that means to me but never really spelled it out. The way I think of conservation is connected with the idea of the "tragedy of the commons". Resources that are shared are often misused. People have a natural tendency to look out for themselves. This is perfectly understandable. People may be embarrassed ...
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Conservation vs. Environmentalism

Woman hugging a tree
I am not an environmentalist. I am a conservationist. There is a difference. That difference really is summed up by the focus of the efforts. A conservationist wants to conserve nature for the benefit of man while an environmentalist has as focus nature itself. I often say the latter is a religion with mother nature as a god. Conservation, on the other hand, is anthropological. Often, in conser...
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