Environmental Schools of Thought…

Environmental Schools of Thought…

Suzanne McDonald-Halverson

Tacoma Campus


Instructor: Heather Folk

July 13, 2010

Environmental Schools of Thought…

      "Let every individual and institution now think and act as a responsible trustee of Earth, seeking choices in ecology, economics and ethics that will provide a sustainable future, eliminate pollution, poverty and violence, awaken the wonder of life and foster peaceful progress in the human adventure” (John McConnell, 2010). Anthropocentrism versus biocentrism is the topic of this discussion with a brief look at the environmental impact illegal immigration has on our desserts along the Mexican boarder. This issue has long been debated and unfortunately there is not a satisfying solution; or any light at the end of the tunnel (Merriam-Webster, 2008).


      The definition of anthropocentrism is the human thought of supremacy. This means some humans believe that their existence is the most important in the universe and that the earth was created for human kind; that nothing else on the earth is more important then their survival (Merriam-Webster, 2008).


      Biocentrism in an ecological perspective, and is a point of view which extends value to ecosystems, and all non- homosapien life on earth. The belief is that without the processes of the world; humans would not be able to exist. This perspective is a contrast to anthropocentrism which focuses only on the value of humans.


      One of the biggest issues in the news is Arizona immigration and the environmental impact that it has in the deserts. This is a prime example of anthropocentrism versus biocentrism. The issue includes masses of illegal immigrants that are crossing through the Arizona dessert trying to survive, and at the same time there is a fierce environmental impact. The immigrants leave large amounts of trash in the desert. They trample over cactus and...