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date: 17 February 2020

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Contrasting policies according rights of humans to non-human entities (corporations vs. rivers) and the principles guiding behavior within those competing moral orders provide the ecological argument for this chapter. As an alternative to a moral order that privileges private ownership of natural resources, the authors provide an example from the Anishinaabe people, where cultural practices remind people that their identity is rooted in the land and that other species are their relatives. The interdependence of humans with other living things is extended in the discussion of environmental commons theory. Tenets of this theory and educational practices that flow from its principles are used to address the challenges raised in Bandura’s discussion of the mechanisms by which humans selectively disengage from moral responsibility for the environment.

Keywords: environmental commons, ethics of community, interdependence, moral disengagement, environmental ethics, environmental identity

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