I want to discuss the relationship between green politics and the left. My thesis is that the two belong together. Neither can do the job each wishes to do on its own; and indeed I believe a kind of synthesis is beginning to emerge.

I am not saying that the green and the left traditions are somehow the same. Green politics is a distinctive philosophical tradition in its own right. I think we can identify six ideas that constitute the core of green political philosophy, and these are patently not the same as those that define the left.

The first and most fundamental is a belief in the intrinsic ...


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