Many of us feel that nature has intrinsic value—i.e., that it is good that it exists and flourishes, independently of the ways in which it benefits sentient beings. Here, I will argue that while this is not so, it is nonetheless very good—and even rational, in a sense—to revere, cherish, and love nature for its own sake. I will then discuss some significant practical (including policy) implications of this view.
Ben Bramble is a Lecturer in the Fenner School of Environment & Society. Prior to then, he held tenured lectureships in Ireland and the UK, and was a visiting fellow at Princeton University and the University of Oxford.