Environmental Value Systems

Since childhood, Pakistan to me was my home, the suburban regions of my hometown, Lahore. I loved the countless trips I took up north towards Khyber, Pakhtunkhwa to explore the wilderness and lush greenery. I returned there years later to find my spot deserted. This was when the 2015 Forest act passed, to tackle deforestation and illegal logging in Pakistan. It was my first factor influencing my environmental value system and made me feel responsible for my part as a human being. I believed that I could be an environmental steward to my world.

​As for Pakistan, it suffers from ongoing climatic and environmental issues, which overall affects my family, my people, and essentially my value system. However, generically Pakistanis themselves aren't focusing on the overall environmental issue, even when the outcome itself affects most of them as third world citizens in comparison to us.  This is due to how most can't afford to care about other things when greater issues are affecting them. Thus, why I do perceive my views through an anthropocentric light, I believe this interpretation of EVS to have the largest overall real-life applicability, as we need to frame climate issues to the greater public not just by persuading people to suddenly care about the environment but frame environmental issues as a human problem, which if solved would be beneficial towards the people suffering and towards the millions of Pakistanis affected by the repercussions of the overall environmental injustice taking place. My older sister is a big contributor to my thought process of how I view the world. As she's an environmental studies major in Berkeley's College of Natural resources department, she's majorly influenced my perception of the importance of the equilibrium between humanity and environmental development. Growing up with her I’d hear her countless debates with my relatives about climate issues. The simultaneous admiration for my older sister and her viewpoints made me attempt to create my own beliefs and ideologies. This is why I've solidified my own beliefs to not view the environmental aspect as more important than the humanity of it all, which is why to me I see ecocentrism as a privilege.

​I feel there is a whole other binary between indigenous ecocentrism due to their environmental surroundings and beliefs in living one with nature. They value the environment as the number one problem in contemporary society and I believe in order to attain full sustainability of this world, we need simultaneous development of third world countries who can't afford to perceive the environment as their primary issue. Growing up in a third world country has given me the realization that "deep ecologists " are primarily first world based as they can separate themselves from animals and impacting the environment, whereas most developing countries are living off their primary resources and animals to survive. This is why anthropocentrism isn't about saving the planet- it’s about saving our futures.