An alpine meadow high above tree line in the Mount Hood Wilderness.

An alpine meadow high above tree line in the Mount Hood Wilderness.

Vince Patton/OPB

Environmentalists agree that conservation is key, but there is a long-standing dispute over how much to focus on nature’s intrinsic value rather than emphasizing its value to humans. A paper co-authored by a professor at Oregon State University argues that nature’s intrinsic value is the more effective message.

GUESTS:

  • Michael Nelson: Professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University
  • Cathy Macdonald: Oregon director of conservation programs for the Nature Conservancy