Why protect nature? Rethinking values and the environment.

Publication and Source

Chan, K. M. A., Balvanera, P., Benessaiah, K., Chapman, M., Diaz, S., Gomez-Baggethun, E., ... Turner, N. (2016). Opinion: Why protect nature? Rethinking values and the environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113(6), 1462-1465.

Short Description

Valuing nature can be tricky business when facing whether to focus on protecting nature for human's sake (instrumental values) or for nature's sake (intrinsic values). This paper expresses concern about focusing on one or the other because they don't capture personal and collective well-being. The authors propose focusing on another set of values: relational values.