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Values, Environmental

Values represent an individual's judgment about what is valuable or important based on his or her principles or standards. Environmental values, ethics, and worldviews are human social-psychological constructs informed by people's inner experiences and their personal reasoning about nature. Environmental ethics are the moral judgments and attitudes that guide people in the way they behave toward nature. By comparison, value systems and worldviews are the reference frameworks through which people interpret their experiences and make them meaningful. The terms environmental ethics and environmental values are often used interchangeably. While environmental values are said to be formed early on in life, a person's worldviews are based on his or her broader social and political experiences and are, therefore, formed later in life. Worldviews relate to people's ...

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