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Visions of Nature in Eastern Europe: A Polish Example

Agnieszka D. Hunka, Wouter T. de Groot and Adam Biela

Environmental Values 18 (2009): 429-452. doi: 10.3197/096327109X12532653285777


Visions of nature are defined as public views on what nature is, what values are carried by nature and what is the appropriate relationship between humans and nature. They were studied in Lubelski region, Poland. With respect to the first, respondents expressed that human influence and naturalness do not exclude each other. One result of the values survey was that respondents acknowledged nature's intrinsic value. The study into the relationship between humans and nature showed that the respondents adhered strongly to a steward type of relationship, and that more ecocentric images were adhered to for a lesser, but substantial degree.


Environment, attitudes, values, environmental awareness, Poland

REFERENCES to other articles in Environmental Values:

An Inquiry Concerning the Acceptance of Intrinsic Value Theories of Nature. W.F. Butler and T.G. Acott

A Comparative Analysis of the Vision and Mission Statements of International Environmental Organisations. Claudio Campagna and Teresita Fernandez

Humans Valuing Nature: Synthesising Insights from Philosophy, Psychology and Economics. Michael Lockwood

Rethinking Nature: Public Visions in the Netherlands. Riyan J.G. van den Born

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