Two opposing factions had emerged within the environmental movement by the early 20th century: the conservationists and the preservationists. The conservationists (such as Gifford Pinchot ) focused on the human management and wise use of nature, whereas the preservationists sought to protect and perserve nature from development and human use. Continue reading “What is Conservation and Preservation?”
Concern for the relationship between humans and the natural world has been a definitive element in nearly all cultures. In the United States, however, between about 1850 and 1920, a heightened conservation consciousness first emerged as a complex, broadly popular political and cultural movement, based largely on a growing appreciation among newly-urbanized Americans for the importance of nature as an economic, aesthetic, and spiritual resource, together with a newly urgent conviction that nature’s resources were increasingly imperilled. This movement led to unprecedented public and private initiatives intended to ensure the wise and scientific use of natural resources, and the preservation of wildlife and of landscapes of great natural beauty.
“When the earth is shaken with a (violent) shaking,
And the earth reveals what burdens her,
And man says: What has befallen her?
On that day she shall tell her story….” (Qur’an 99:1-4)
The Holy Qur’an states that Man is the noblest of created beings : Man is God’s vicegerent on His earth; it was to Man that God made the Angels prostrate themselves; God breathed some of His Spirit into Man; God questioned Man in the time before Creation until Man testified that God was his Lord and Master and his sole true object of worship. Continue reading “Islam and the Protection of the Environment”
Allah (swt) created humans to be stewards on this Earth. This stewardship entails upholding and spreading the message of Islam – the noblest and heaviest trust (amanah) given to humans. Allah (swt) included in this stewardship another trust – that of the Earth. Allah (swt) tells us that he has subjugated the world for our use:
(An excerpt from the award-winning book about the religion of Islam called “Easily Understand Islam“)
What is expected of a viceroy, a trustee or ruler? If those over whom one commands power are killed without cause, have their homes polluted heedlessly with toxic wastes, and have deformities and diseases resulting from the careless and wasteful disposal of carcinogens, should not the ruler be asked if he is discharging his responsibilities and trust faithfully? Continue reading “Islam & the Environment”
Jump to: navigation, search environmental exposures that contribute to or protect against injuries, illnesses, developmental conditions, disabilities, and deaths; and identification of public health and health care actions to avoid, prepare for, and effectively manage the risks associated with harmful exposures. Continue reading “Environmental Epidemiology”
There is marked difference between conservation and preservation. Conservation is the term used in the preservation of especially the natural environment and resources. A conservation area would mean an area containing a noteworthy environment and specially protected by law against undesirable changes.
Preservation and Conservation are two different theories regarding the management of natural resources. In this paper, I examine the differences between the two theories, and discuss the manner in which the concept of natural regulation is featured.