Mitigating Natural Disasters: The Role Of Eco-Ethics

  • David Etkin
  • Ingrid Leman Stefanovic


Natural disasters are complex phenomena, the causes of which lie to a large extent in human behavior that creates vulnerable communities. In order to reduce vulnerability and thereby mitigate the risk of disasters, it is important to consider underlying values, particularly with respect to how people view and interact with the natural world. Advancing an interdisciplinary, ecological paradigm, this paper argues that disaster mitigation needs to be addressed through a process that results in a greater emphasis on our interactions with and reliance upon the natural world, and the development of community resilience.


ecology ethics mitigation natural disaster 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Applied StudiesYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Director, Centre of the EnvironmentUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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