3 Eco Values Systems & Why You Need One

Our team goal is to help others discover their eco-value so that it will lead to direct positive actions in response to the growing concerns about our negative human footprint on the environment.

There are 3 main types of Environmental Values Systems

Technocentrism – proposes that humans and the use of technology will be able to provide solutions to solving environmental problems, even when resources are pushed to the limit.

On the extreme Cornucopians: View the world as a place with infinite resources to benefit humans. They believe that growth will provide wealth to improve the lives of everyone and propose that a free-market economy can achieve this. On the other extreme Environmental Managers: Holds that law is needed to protect the environment and that if an environment is damaged, those who suffer should be compensated.

  • Nature: nature is a model, but can be replaced by technology when needed
  • Society: human health and well-being are central to decision-making
  • Economy: maintain an overall total of human, built and natural capital
  • Who decides: technology experts (as advisors to the government)

Anthropocene – a people dominant centric view between technocentricism & ecocentrism

  1. Nature: the environment is a resource for humans to use as needed
  2. Society: human health and well-being are central in decision-making
  3. Economy: maintain an overall total of human, built and natural capital
  4. Who decides: elected government representatives

Ecocentrism (Deep Ecology) – takes the position that we know very little about living things and their complex relationships, and there we do not have the ability to manage the environment. Deep Ecologists: Believe that the living environment has the same right to live and flourish as humanity. Concerned about the impacts of human life as one part of the ecosphere. Not all natural resources are for human use. Deep ecology seeks a more holistic view of the world we live in.

  • Nature: environmental conservation is central to decision-making
  • Society: humans are part of nature
  • Economy: maintain natural capital, as well as overall total capital
  • Who decides: empowerment; everyone has the capacity and the opportunity to participate in decision-making

What is a corporate environmental value system (CEVS)

A corporate environmental value system (CEVS) is a universal view or a set of paradigms that help shape the way your company perceives, evaluates, and deals with environmental issues. CEVS are influenced by many variables including cultural (including religion), economic and socio-political contexts (i.e., .democratic or authoritarian society), and like all other systems, has inputs and outputs which are determined by the actions made or not made.  Information and data flow from people in societies into changes in perceptions of the environment and changes in decisions about how to handle environmental issues. 


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