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Contemporary Western attitudes toward nature range across a spectrum running from the ideas of dominion to stewardship or partnership. In contrast to the concept of dominion, recent ecological thinking recognizes the magnitude of humanity’s impact on the earth, and emphasizes stewardship. Ideas of stewardship are the focus of the writings of contemporary “deep ecologist” Arne Naess, who argues for a more eco-centric, less anthropocentric value system. Growing out of these opposite positions of dominion or stewardship, two strands of thought about the environment recur throughout America history: a wish to exploit natural resources contrasted with the appreciation of a pristine nature and the wish to protect and preserve it.

Setting this book in the context of civil rights she argued "if the Bill of Rights contains no guarantee that a citizen shall be secure against lethal poisons distributed either by private individuals or by public 11 CHAPTER 1 officials, it is surely only because our forefathers, despite their considerable wisdom and foresight, could conceive of no such problem" (Spring12-13). This concern for protecting citizens “against lethal poisons distributed either by private individuals or by public officials” is an important aspect of the environmental justice movement.

And he reveals a sensibility akin to Carson’s “sense of wonder”: The sea contains many surprises for him who has his floor on a level with the surface and drifts along slowly and noiselessly. . We usually plow across it with roaring 24 NATURE WRITING: A WHILRWIND TOUR engines . . with the water foaming round our bow. Then we come back and say that there is nothing to see far out on the ocean (117). On a subsequent ocean adventure Heyerdahl collected samples of the pollution he observed and warned that we are treating it like a sewer.

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