Science as a Vacation: A History of Ecology in Norway

May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm 1 comment

Science as a Vacation: A History of Ecology in Norway,” History of Science, 45:4 (2007), 455-479.

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In the late 1960s the University of Oslo became an influential hotbed for ecologically informed policies and philosophies. This article discusses the way in which a group of ecologists came to engage the founder of Deep Ecology Arne Næss, the co-author of The Limits to Growth (1972), Jørgen Randers, the Chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development Gro Harlem Brundtland, and the famed peace researcher Johan Galtung. Their ecological views grew out of a culture in which nature was understood not as a place of work but in terms of outdoor vacationing.

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