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An Ethics of Connection: Social-nature in Canada's Boreal Forest

Baldwin, W.A.



Much has been made in recent years concerning the ecological significance of the global boreal forest. In Canada, a highly coordinated political campaign is under way to halt the industrial pressures—mining, forestry, energy development—that threaten to undermine the ecological contributions made by the Canadian boreal forest. In this short commentary, however, it is argued that the current politicization of the boreal forest cannot be thought of solely as an innocent act of environmental protection, but must also be thought of in terms of the colonial context from which its geography first emerged. Doing so raises problems for a conventional environmental subjectivity based on a sharp distinction between nature and culture. The author seeks to address this tension by advocating an environmental ethics that is based on a responsibility for the other.


Baldwin, W. (2004). An Ethics of Connection: Social-nature in Canada's Boreal Forest. Ethics, place & environment, 7(3), 185-194.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2004
Deposit Date Feb 12, 2010
Journal Ethics, Place and Environment
Print ISSN 1366-879X
Electronic ISSN 1469-6703
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 185-194