BALANCING COMMUNITY NEEDS AGAINST INDIVIDUAL DESIRES

Heather Fisher Lindsay

This Essay explores some of the cultural influences on the law of property and environmental law and proposes a reformation in the relationship between humans and Earth. The Essay primarily describes the dominant themes inherited from European culture and questions the usefulness of current assumptions about the role of the elements as private property. The Essay provides some examples of what is described as alienation from ecological awareness. As a step toward a societal solution to the environmental crisis, the Essay suggests that people should thoroughly question the cultural context in which property issues have been decided and apply that analysis to their own assumptions about what property ownership means.

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