Rethinking Appropriateness of Actions in Environmental Decisions: Connecting Interest and Identity Negotiation with Plural Valuation

Christopher M. Raymond*, Paul Hirsch, Bryan Norton, Andrew Scott, Mark S. Reed

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Abstract

Issues of interest, identity and values intertwine in environmental conflicts, creating challenges that cannot generally be overcome using rationalities grounded in generalised argumentation and abstraction. To address the growing need to engage interests and identities along with plural values in the conservation of biodiversity and ecological systems, we introduce the concept of ‘appropriateness of actions’ and ground it in a relational understanding of environmental ethics. A determination of appropriateness for actions comes from combining outputs from value elicitation with those of interest and identity negotiation in ways that are salient to specific people and their relationships to specific places. Drawing on the Blue Mountain Forest Partnership in the Pacific Northwest, we propose factors of success for supporting appropriate actions: 1) understanding context and identifying key stakeholders; 2) surfacing a diversity of interests and building system-level trust; 3) building empathy for different identities grounded in specific places; 4) eliciting diverse values and seeking to understand their links to worldviews and knowledge systems and; 5) seeking out appropriate actions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-764
Number of pages26
JournalEnvironmental Values
Volume32
Issue number6
Early online date1 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - Dec 2023

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Keywords

  • Philosophy
  • General Environmental Science
  • environmental values
  • conflict management
  • conflict resolution
  • conservation
  • Plural valuation
  • relational values
  • negotiation
  • relational identity

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