Environmental Ethics
and Public Policy
Ernest Partridge, Ph.D



This page is seriously overdue for an update (10/09)


Environmental Ethics on the Internet


The definitive Environmental Ethics site is maintained by the Center for Environmental Philosophy at the University of North Texas, http://www.cep.unt.edu. (E-Mail: ee@unt.edu). The Center for Environmental Philosophy publishes Environmental Ethics, the leading scholarly journal in the field, now in its twenty-first year of publication. At the CEP site you will find a full index of all issues of Environmental Ethics. The CEP site also supports the website of the International Society for Environmental Ethics (http://www.cep.unt.edu/ISEE.html). Included there are many past issues of the ISEE Newsletter, along with an extraordinarily large and well-managed bibliography of publications in Environmental Ethics.

The website of the International Association for Environmental Philosophy is www.environmentalphilosophy.org .

Two additional journals in Environmental Ethics deserve notice here. The first is Environmental Values, Edited by Alan Holland of Lancaster University in England (a.holland@lancaster.ac.uk) and published by The White Horse Press (www.erica.demon.co.uk). The other is Ethics and the Environment, edited by Victoria Davion at the University of Georgia (Philosophy Department, Peabody Hall, Athens, GA 30602-1627).


Here are a few additional sites that will put you in touch with environmental issues and policy:

First and foremost is our parent site, ECONET www.igc.org/econet , which is a gateway to numerous environmental sites and organizations.

Next, check out Larry Hinman's "Ethics Updates" site: http://ethics.acusd.edu/index.html. There you will find an extensive menu of topics in theoretical and applied ethics. From the homepage, select "Environmental Ethics," which will send you to a page with a multitude of worthy links, and a list of important publications in the field.

The web site of Holmes Rolston III, "The Dean of Environmental Ethics," will be found at http://lamar.colostate.edu/~rolston/ . Rolston's site also serves as an excellent "gateway" to additional environmental ethics websites, which need not be listed here, precisely because Rolston has performed that service for us.

The Pace University Law School is one of the premier centers of environmental law. They are developing a particular interest in the question of responsibility to future generations. www.law.pace.edu.

The "Web of Creation," sponsored by the National Council of Churches, describes itself as "an environmental web site for faith-based communities. They are at www.webof creation.org.

The Ecological Society of America has an online version of its journal, Conservation Ecology, at www.consecol.org/Journal/.

Finally, Anti-Environmental Myths, lists both the myth-makers (e.g. Gregg Easterbrook, Rush Limbaugh, Steve Milloy and Dixy Lee Ray) and their critics. Webmeister Jim Norton has collected a rich mine of valuable information and links for scholars, researchers, and activists. ( http://members.aol.com/jimn469897/myths.htm ).

Still more environmental web sites (and "Gateways" to still more):

American Oceans Campaign: www.americanoceans.org  
American Rivers: www.amrivers.org 
Brain Food: http://dieoff.com  
Defenders of Wildlife: www.defenders.org 
Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund: www.earthjustice.org 
Ecological Communications: www.ecology.com.
The Earth Charter Initiative: www.earthcharter.org 
Ecological Indicators: www.ecologicalindicators.org 
Environmental Defense: www.environmentaldefense.org 
The Environmental News Network: www.enn.com.
The Environmental Protection Agency (of course!) at www.epa.gov
The Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org 
Greenpeace: www.greenpeaceusa.org 
The Journal of Wilderness: www.wilderness.net/ijw 
The League of Conservation Voters: www.lcv.org  
National Audubon Society:
National Environmental Trust: 
National Parks Conservation Association: 
National Wildlife Federation: 
The Natural Resources Defense Council, at www.nrdc.org/
The Nuclear Information and Resource Service: www.nirs.org
The Ocean Conservancy: 
Physicians for Social Responsibility: 
The Rocky Mountain Institute (Amory and Hunter Lovins): www.rmi.org .
Save Our Environment Action Center:  saveourenvironment.org .
SD Online (Sustainable Development Network): www.sd-online.net 
The Sierra Club: www.sierraclub.org 
The Union of Concerned Scientists:  
The Wilderness Society: www.wilderness.org 
World Resources Institute: www.wri.org 
World Watch www.worldwatch.org 
World Wildlife Federation:  


Here are some "Gateway" Sites that will lead you to any of hundreds of organizations:

www.envirolink.org (Select "Organizations" on the left-side menu).
www.earthline.net (then add ... /environment/directories.html).
www.greenworld.com (Postal addresses and phone numbers, no e-mail).

Etcetera -- as more come to our attention.

We invite any and all to send suggestions to the Gadfly.

The Russian Environment on the Internet


For An Introduction to Russia, in General, see "Window to Russia:" www.wtr.ru

For News from Russia:  www.russiatoday.com.

The Gadfly's "home base," ECONET, offers a fine potpourri of environmental issues in Russia,
at www.igc.org/igc/issues/ussr. Mnogochislennii (a multitude of) web links and other information.

"GLASNET" is the web-place to be, if you want to know what's happening in Russia.  This brilliantly designed site, originating in Moscow, is the ideal "gateway" to Russian web-sites - a "must see" before you look further. www.glas.apc.org/glasweb/eng/wel_e.html.

The Socio-Ecological Union, a federation of over two-hundred and ninety NGO environmental groups in the former Soviet Union, is the Gadfly's personal nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. The courage and dedication of the founders and sustainers of this magnificent organization is awesome. To find out more about the SEU, try http://cci.glasnet.ru . Then follow the links.

The Sacred Earth Network has numerous worthy projects in Russia and the CIS: www.igc.org/sen .

Pacific Environment is another American source of news about the Russian environment. www.pacificenvironment.org/russia/intro.htm

Natural regions in Russia: www.forest.ru/eng 

Incidentally, an Alta-Vista search for "Socio-Ecological Union" yielded 365 hits - many of them Russian environmental sites unfamiliar to us. A good browse (but don't forget those quote marks).

Finally, for news from the northwest-Baltic region of Russia (i.e., St. Petersburg), try the Green World Association and "Sosnovy Bor." www.bellona.no/e/russia/sos/sos11.htm.

Regarding Politics and Public Policy

See The Crisis Papers' "The Internet -- Last Refuge of the Liberal"



Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He has taught Philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The Online Gadfly" (www.igc.org/gadfly) and co-edits the progressive website, "The Crisis Papers" (www.crisispapers.org).  Dr. Partridge can be contacted at: gadfly@igc.org .