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Healthcare 2016, 4(3), 61;

Finding Common Ground: Environmental Ethics, Social Justice, and a Sustainable Path for Nature-Based Health Promotion

Southern Research Station, Integrating Human and Natural Systems, USDA Forest Service, 320 Green Street, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Department of Environmental Planning, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Seoul National University, Building 82, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, Clemson University, 298 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson, SC 29634, USA
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Academic Editor: Sampath Parthasarathy
Received: 17 May 2016 / Revised: 16 August 2016 / Accepted: 18 August 2016 / Published: 25 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Ethics, Health, and Natural Resources)
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Decades of research have documented continuous tension between anthropocentric needs and the environment’s capacity to accommodate those needs and support basic human welfare. The way in which society perceives, manages, and ultimately utilizes natural resources can be influenced by underlying environmental ethics, or the moral relationship that humans share with the natural world. This discourse often centers on the complex interplay between the tangible and intangible benefits associated with nonhuman nature (e.g., green space), both of which are relevant to public health. When ecosystem degradation is coupled with socio-demographic transitions, additional concerns related to distributional equity and justice can arise. In this commentary, we explore how environmental ethics can inform the connection between the ecosystem services from green space and socially just strategies of health promotion. View Full-Text
Keywords: nature; public health; green space nature; public health; green space

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