Establishing Priorities Among Environmental Stresses

  • Howard Reiquam
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 1)


All scientists are taught that to understand what they observe and then to predict or control the course of events, they must know the underlying causes. Whether it is for this reason, or simply because of a tendency to look for someone to blame for our problems, it is frequently stated that the root of the environmental difficulties we see everywhere about us is the Judeo-Christian anthropocentric ethic of man holding dominion over all other creatures and the earth itself. We are told that the American Indians and the Eastern religions hold nature in reverence and seek to minimize any conflict between man and the rest of the world. Yi-Fu Tuan5 refutes this argument, pointing out for example that deforestation had become a serious problem in China well before the 3rd century B. C. In addition, it is known that North American Plains Indians sometimes fired the prairie in order to drive herds of bison over cutbanks where they could be butchered in quantity.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard Reiquam
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  1. 1.Battelle Memorial InstituteColumbusUSA

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