Is Nationalism Good for the Environment?


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Is Nationalism Good for the Environment?
Contrary to what some might believe, nationalism is not altogether bad for the environment. Although nationalism can lead to selfish behaviour on the part of states that can harm the global environment, pride in the national or indigenous environment can lead to all states protecting their unique national features. In that sense, nationalism – whilst far from perfect – is actually very good at serving the needs of the environment (in some ways). What really needs to be done is that a careful balancing act is needed: states must cherish their own national environments, but they must also cherish the global environment – which means acceding to international accords and realizing that we must all make...
The end: future generations are able to revel in the same magic and mystery that they presently enjoy.
In the end, nationalism is a mixed blessing for conservationists: it can spark protection of national habitats but can also lead to a lack of care about the problems unfolding elsewhere – and a lack of care about environmental ecosystems that are not part of the national narrative. In the end, a delicate balancing act must be struck.
Works Cited
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Jazeel, T. “Nature, nationhood and the poetics of meaning in Ruhana (Yala) National Park, Sri Lanka.” Cultural Geographies, 12(2005): 199-227.