1. Paul Knights, David Littlewood & Dan Firth (2011). Eco-Minimalism as a Virtue. Environmental Ethics 33 (4):339-356.
    Eco-minimalism is an emerging approach to building design, construction, and retrofitting. The approach is exemplified by the work of architect Howard Liddell and sustainable water management consultant Nick Grant. The fundamental tenet of this approach is an opposition to the use of inappropriate, unnecessary, and ostentatious eco-technology—or “eco-bling”—where the main emphasis is on being seen to be green. The adoption of the principles of the eco-minimalist approach offers, they argue, a significant opportunity to improve sustainability in construction. However, a critical (...)
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  2. Dan Firth (2008). Do Meaningful Relationships with Nature Contribute to a Worthwhile Life? Environmental Values 17 (2):145 - 164.
    This paper argues that a worthwhile life is one in which the meaningful relationships existing in nature are recognised and respected. A meaningful relationship occurs when the interactions between two entities have significance in their past history and its anticipated continuation. The form in which the history of both the human and the non-human is related is narrative. A life is enriched or impoverished by the subject's relationships to other people and nature, and as such is more or less worthwhile. (...)
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  3. Dan Firth (2008). The Role of Aesthetic Considerations in a Narrative Based Approach to Nature Conservation. Ethics and the Environment 13 (2):pp. 77-100.
    The claim presented here is that aesthetic considerations are an essential part of place narrative, and are thus essential to ethical environmental decision-making. Holland’s narrative-based approach to nature conservation is taken as a starting point from which an argument is developed to show how his approach can be extended to include the aesthetic. Aesthetic experience of place is important because it gives us knowledge by acquaintance of the place, because it gives meaning to our relationship to the place, and because (...)
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