Definitions, principles and attitudes (Principles of rewilding
Definitions, principles and attitudes
Ecological Anxiety Disorder (Robbins and Moore, 2012)
Definition: Announced either as a fearful response to:
1) the negative normative influence of humans on the earth (anthrophobia) or
2) the inherent influence of normative human values within one's own science (autophobia)
The difference between anthrophobe and autophobe reactions to taxon substitution*
(Robbins and Moore, 2012, p. 13)
- defined as the introduction of proxies for extinct species in order to reconstruct the structure and function of pre-human or 'natural' ecosystems.
"For anthrophobes, this sort of experiment must appear all-too-human. From this view, island rewilding is a move away from conservation in any traditional sense and a kind of brazen action that futher extends risky human impacts borne of hubris."
"Autophobes have much hand-wringing to do as well, however, since the contradictory introduction of exotics in the name of restoring a lost, imaginary wilderness seems like a dangerous elision of science and normative practice. Who are we, after all, to name one form of reintroduction dangerous and the other restorative?"