WE ARE ALL rightly worried about such issues as climate change, global warming, unsustainable economic development, overexploitation of natural resources and environmental imbalance. This raises two interrelated questions. First, what is the source of these dangerous developments? And second, what should we do to avert them? There are many answers, some more satisfactory than others. Mahatma Gandhi was one of the first to address these questions and to offer perceptive answers.

For Gandhi, two interdependent assumptions inspire these dangerous developments. First, the anthropocentric view of ...


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