Australian Environmental Policy Making

Reading Analysis Wk 3

This article aims to discuss the evolution of environmental politics thus far, as well predict its trend for the future. It begins by informing the reader of the development of environmental values and how they have emerged and have been shaped by democracy. It draws together environmental values and other important values which are social justice (equity), economic prosperity, national security and democracy. Given that every part of the environment is guided and influenced by the other first-order values, it then becomes a part of the order too. The writer also suggests that by giving the environment such high level of importance it may become the topic of so much debate that any progress is little and will never be able to fully benefit the whole population or completely solve the problem.


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