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The Gringo's HawkThe Gringo's Hawk 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 of The Gringo's Hawk.

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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 following:

He played a significant role in establishing protected marine areas and protected coastal marine areas and removing a well known island from the possession of the Ministry of Security and including it in the National Parks Service.  Thereafter, he helped create a management plan for the island. 
bulletHe has been appointed to and worked on environmental Costa Rican government committees and was declared an honorary member of the National Parks Service of Costa Rica by presidential decree. 
bullet  He has had a long-time fascination with whales and worked with scientists and researchers to establish an entirely new understanding of the migratory habits of Northern and Southern hemisphere humpback whales.  At the time of publication of The Gringo's Hawk, this research is ongoing.  

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A Very Brief History of the Origins of Environmental Ethics for the Novice

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 Club/Ballantine edition, which included essays from a second book, Round River...

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Environmental Ethics
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Environmental ethics is a topic of applied ethics which examines the moral basis of environmental responsibility. In these environmentally conscious times, virtually everyone agrees that we need to be environmentally responsible. Toxic waste contaminates ground water, oil spills destroy shore lines, fossil fuels produce carbon dioxide thus adding to the greenhouse effect, and use of fluorocarbon gasses depletes the earth's protecting 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 radically different...


Environmental Ethics Bibliography
Compiled and Edited by Timothy C. Weiskel for The Harvard Seminar on Environmental Values and  The Environmental Ethics and Public Policy Program of the  Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at the Harvard Divinity School.

This is an amazing resource compiled by Harvard Univ's Timothy Weiskel. It has 29 extensive bibliographies on ethics, eco-philosophy, environmental justice, NAFTA, colonialism, etc.  This is a major research tool for environmental ethics!


Ethics and the Environment
An interdisciplinary forum for theoretical and practical articles, discussions, reviews, comments, and book reviews in the broad area encompassed by environmental ethics. Supported by the Center for Humanities and Arts, the Philosophy Department, and the Environmental Ethics Certificate Program at the University of Georgia, and edited by Victoria Davion, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, the journal focuses on conceptual approaches in ethical theory and ecological philosophy, including deep ecology and ecological feminism, as they pertain to environmental issues such as environmental education and management, ecological economics, and ecosystem health.

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