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Chapter 9: Animals and Environments: Towards a Caring Environmentalism
The feminist philosopher, Chris Cuomo, has a rather nice way of capturing a recurring problem for environmentalists. ‘To what does “environmental ethics” refer … when our ecological agency is less like a vector and more like smoke?’ (Cuomo, 2003: 98). Earlier in the same essay, she offered this description of the current problem:
More and more, as members of global postindustrial economies, we are in close ethical proximity with people, communities, nonhuman species and ecosystems that are very distant from us, geographically, affectively and epistemically. Our lives are so enmeshed with the lives of distant people, places, plants and animals that it is ridiculous to even pretend that we have an emotional or ...