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Global Environmental Issues

2) Glenn Parsons draws a distinction between strong and weak aesthetic preservationism. Explain that distinction.

Suppose that a lightning strike has ignited a forest fire in northern Ontario that will destroy anaesthetically valuable forest unless it is extinguished. What would a strong preservationist say about a plan to extinguish the fire? Would she be for or against such a plan? Why or why not?What would a weak preservationist say about a plan to extinguish the fire? Would she be for or against the plan? Why or why not? (In answering these questions, limit your explanation of what the strong and weak preservation isn't would say to considerations that follow from their being strong and weak preservationists, respectively). Using the forest fire example, explain why a critic of strong aesthetic preservationism would say that strong preservationism is self-defeating. Finally, explain why Richard Watson would deny that strong aesthetic preservationism is self-defeating.


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