Envirnomental value systems EVS


Envirnomental value systems EVS

An EVS is a worldview or paradigm that shapes the way an individual, or group of people, perceives and evaluates environmental issues, influenced by cultural, religious, economic and socio-political contexts.

  • Significant historical influences on the development of the environmental movement have come from literature, the media, major environmental disasters, international agreements and technological developments.
  • An EVS might be considered as a system in the sense that it may be influenced by education, experience, culture and media (inputs), and involves a set of interrelated premises, values and arguments that can generate consistent decisions and evaluations (outputs).
  • There is a spectrum of EVSs, from ecocentric through anthropocentric to technocentric value systems.

Some of the examples to understand differences in EVS are:

  1. The Gaia hypothesis;
  2. Minamata disaster;
  3. Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring (1962);,
  4. An Inconvenient Truth (2006);
  5. Chernobyl disaster of 1986;
  6. Fukushima inuclear disaster of 2011;
  7. Bhopal disaster of 1984;
  8. Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010;
  9. Chipko movement;
  10. Rio Earth Summit 2012 (Rio+20);
  11. Earth Day;
  12. Green Revolution

Read a few words on ESS IB or IB Environmental Systems and Societies HERE.

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