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I'd say we have dominion over the natural world (some would say it’s God-given) because we’re superior / more intelligent than the animals and plants we share it with. So I believe that the natural environment should be used, developed, and enjoyed in short, nature should serve people. Creatively developing the land so that it’s more to my liking, and fully utilizing its resources or otherwise benefiting from such activity, is part of being human not something I should apologize for or feel guilty about. Doing this is not just morally defensible, it’s human nature. 


I believe that, just as humans have rights, both animals and nature also have rights—including legal rights! It's arrogant for us to assert we are superior to animals / have dominion over nature. Like Frans de Waal,  I question “Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are?” All of  them deserve ethical treatment.  Wild animals also need natural habitats protected.  People should have the legal right to petition governments on behalf of ecosystems (and their plant, animal, indigenous people, mountain, ocean, etc. components.)

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.