Ecological Intervention: Prospects and Limits [Full Text]
September 26, 2007
This groundbreaking 2007 essay seeks to extend the already controversial debate about humanitarian intervention by exploring the morality, legality, and legitimacy of ecological intervention and its corollary, ecological defense. Don't miss the online responses by Mathew Humphrey, Simon Dalby, Clare Palmer, and Mark Woods.
Author(s): Robyn Eckersley
On Not Being Green about Ecological Intervention (Online Exclusive)
"I am sympathetic to Eckersley's assessment of the importance of these problems, but there are certain implications of her (albeit qualified) endorsement of ecological intervention that are worth exploring."
Author(s): Mathew Humphrey
Ecological Intervention and Anthropocene Ethics (Online Exclusive)
Robyn Eckersley's elegant and eloquent argument concerning the limits of "ecological intervention" is constrained by the scope of what is included in her definition of environmental emergency, by what might be in need of protection, and also by what is conventionally understood by notions of intervention related to states and sovereign territory.
Author(s): Simon Dalby
Ecological Intervention in Defense of Species (Online Exclusive)
Though there is much to engage with throughout the article, I shall only focus on one small part of it: the viability of military or legal intervention, in cases that are tentatively described as "crimes against nature." This is due to the difficulties posed by a non-anthropocentric and non-instrumental approach.
Author(s): Clare Palmer
Some Worries about Ecological-Humanitarian Intervention and Ecological Defense (Online Exclusive)
Eckersley's arguments for pre-emptive ecological-humanitarian intervention and ecological defense are intriguing. However, the delicacy of these scenarios requires careful attention to the feasibility and overall benefits of the usage of military force in the prevention of crimes against nature.
Author(s): Mark Woods