Cronon, William, “The Trouble with Wilderness or, Getting Back to the Wrong Nature”, Uncommon Ground: Toward Reinventing Nature ed. William Cronon, (W.W. Norton 1995)

Idealizing a distant wilderness too often means not idealizing the environment in which we actually live, the landscape that for better or worse we call home. Most of our most serious environmental problems start right here, at home, and if we are to solve those problems we need an environmental ethic that will tell us as much about using nature as about not using it. The wilderness dualism tends to cast any use as ab-use, and thereby denies us a middle ground in which responsible use and non-use might attain some kind of balanced, sustainable relationship.

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