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The emergence of an environmental ethos on Luna

Reiss, M; Norman, Z; (2021) The emergence of an environmental ethos on Luna. In: Rappaport, M and Szocik, K, (eds.) The Human Factor in the Settlement of the Moon An Interdisciplinary Approach. (pp. 221-232). Springer: Cham, Switzerland. Green open access

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Abstract

Questions of how humanity should undertake and regulate activities on the Moon have been considered for over half a century. In this chapter we outline the various philosophical approaches out of which an environmental ethos may emerge on Luna (the Earth’s Moon). We draw on existing thinking within environmental ethics, particularly in regards to wildernesses, and consider the diversity of religious and philosophical frameworks and nascent relevant legal structures. Commercial and competitive considerations militate against stakeholders readily adopting shared norms. Nevertheless, there remains a need for some sort of a Treaty or other form of binding agreement that can be signed, ratified and enacted by all spacefaring nations, rather as the Antarctic Treaty has been by all nations with direct involvement there. This need is becoming more urgent.

Type: Book chapter
Title: The emergence of an environmental ethos on Luna
ISBN: 3030813878
ISBN-13: 9783030813871
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-81388-8_14
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-81388-8_14
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10138934
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