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What is Anthropocentrism

Handbook of Research on Cultural Heritage and Its Impact on Territory Innovation and Development
A belief that places humans at the centre of the Universe and, as such, human needs take precedent over the needs of other species and of ecosystems’ health.
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Exploring Different Forms of Engaging Different Publics With Environmental Sustainability
Rita Campos (CES-UC, University of Coimbra, Portugal)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-6701-2.ch013
Sustainability has become a key concept for several contexts – politics, economics, education, or conservation. This chapter presents a review of some concepts of sustainability, and sustainable development and then focuses on environmental sustainability to discuss emerging trends on engaging citizen: engaging students in the classroom, engaging local communities in their regions, engaging visitors in areas of potential touristic interest. In each case, a theoretical framework is complemented by case studies illustrating how sustainability can be used to promote scientific literacy, positive changes in perceptions and attitudes for biodiversity management and conservation, and to incorporate different knowledges and ways of living. From more classical formats to collaborative and participatory processes, the examples give an overview of current work being done to endorse the values subjacent to environmental sustainability, communicating the interrelatedness between human population and the natural environment and ultimately trying to promote a healthier and sustainable planet.
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Energy Poverty Jinx: Can India Overcome?
Anthropocentrism refers to a human-centered or “anthropocentric” point of view. Philosophically, anthropocentrism means humans are the only, or primarily the most important entity in the universe. Anthropocentric value systems thus see nature in terms of its value to humans; but many see it clearly going the sustainable use of natural resources.
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It's the Speciesism, Stupid!: Animal Abolitionism, Environmentalism, and the Mass Media
A philosophical view that makes humans most significant by putting them at the centre of all events.
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Out of Our Minds: Ontology and Embodied Media in a Post-Human Paradigm
Interpreting or regarding the world in terms of human values and experiences.
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Communicating Human-Object Orientation: Rhetorical Strategies for Countering Multiple Taboos
A perspective that positions human beings at the center of everything, which manifests in assumptions that human ways of being are the norm and fosters beliefs that humans are exceptional in comparison to all other entities.
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Tainted Away: Violence Over Nature in the Anime of Hayao Miyazaki
Putting human beings in front of God and beings other than human, regarding them as a central element in existence.
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Environmental Ethics: When Human Beings and Nature Are Not Two
Philosophical theory asserting that human beings are the most significant entities in the world. It considers human beings as superior to nature and holds that human life has intrinsic value while other beings have instrumental value for the humankind.
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