chapter  8
16 Pages

Myth and environmental philosophy

ByJ. Baird Callicott

That environmental problems do not respect political boundaries is by now a conservation truism. They also cross cultural boundaries. The migration routes of the endangered Siberian crane, for example, extend from shamanic Siberia, run through Eastern Orthodox Russia, cross Buddhist Tibet, Confucian China, Islamic Afghanistan, and end in Hindu India. So to be effective environmental ethics must be pluralistic. We (the people of planet Earth) must develop what a colleague of mine in Singapore described as “ecologically correct environmental ethics” expressed in the “grammars” of a representative set of local cultures.