by Jon Marañón
Jon Marañón offers a gripping first person account of
nature and persons in conflict and the difficulties of meshing human
existence into the once pristine rain forests of Costa Rica.
The Gringo's Hawk promotes
reader awareness of the natural environment, wildlife, ecosystems, and
socio-culture of this remote area. Ecology and spirituality are
intertwined as he describes his journey in a mix of naturalist and
lyrical prose that, along with humor and introspection, mark the style
The Gringo's Hawk.
About the Author
Mr. Maranon entered the rainforests
of Costa Rica as a young adult looking for adventure. His primary goal
was to “explore the jungle.” Thirty years later, he remains in Costa
Rica is now considered to be an expert in marine biology and
conservation. Among his endeavors and accomplishments are the
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The inspiration for environmental ethics was the
first Earth Day in 1970 when environmentalists started urging philosophers who were
involved with environmental groups to do something about environmental ethics. An
intellectual climate had developed in the last few years of the 1960s in large part
because of the publication of two papers in Science: Lynn White's "The
Historical Roots of our Ecologic Crisis" (March 1967) and Garett Hardin's "The
Tragedy of the Commons" (December 1968). Most influential with regard to this kind of
thinking, however, was an essay in Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac,
"The Land Ethic," in which Leopold explicitly claimed that the roots of the
ecological crisis were philosophical. (Although originally published in 1949, Sand
County Almanac became widely available in 1970 in a special Sierra
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Environmental ethics is a topic of applied ethics which examines the moral basis of
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ozone layer. The goal of environmental ethics, then, is not to convince us that we should
be concerned about the environment -- most of us already are. Instead, environmental
ethics focuses on the moral foundation of environmental responsibility, and how far this
responsibility extends. There are three distinct theories of moral responsibility to the
environment. Although each supports environmental responsibility, their approaches are
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