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Resolving Environmental Conflict

By: Chris Maser and Carol A Pollio

241 pages, no illustrations

CRC Press

Hardback | Jul 2011 | Edition: 2 | #195604 | ISBN-13: 9781439856086
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The second edition of this popular reference covers the basic transformative concepts that are vital for resolving environmental conflicts. This updated edition includes discussions on the inviolate biophysical principles, how the English language is changing, as well as the critical principles of social behavior. It considers new dynamics in making decisions along with the effects of the younger generations shifting their interests from nature-oriented interest to technologically-oriented interests and their subsequent lack of understanding the importance of the natural environment to a sustainable society.

From the down and dirty" (who can shout the loudest?) to the cerebral (the Law of Cosmic Unification), Maser and Pollio's 'Resolving Environment Conflict' has something for everyone involved in negotiating, mediating and resolving disputes. I have spent almost forty years in the conflict resolution arena and thought I knew it all until Chris and Carol forced me to look in the "coping mechanism" mirror only to see my own dispute resolution weaknesses staring back. A must read!
- Mr. Michael J. Bartlett, President of New Hampshire Audubon and retired Field Supervisor, US Fish and Wildlife Service New England Field Office

"Seasoned veterans Chris Maser and Carol Pollio take us on a visit to our planet's 21st Century frontier-effective resolution of environmental conflicts. They make a clear case for our adaptive social evolution: Transform ourselves and live. Fail to transform ourselves and die. [...] In well-written, unequivocal language, they map a way forward-a pattern of thought, ethic, word, relationship mending, and action-that can only help us save our planet and, thereby, ourselves [...] If you want to save the planet, read this gracefully written book. Onward to the healing frontier!
- James A. "Cap" Caplan, veteran of 30 years working with environmental conflict, senior administrator for the U.S. Forest Service, and author of "The Theory and Principles of Environmental Dispute Resolution" and "The Practice of Environmental Dispute Resolution"



Approaches to Mediation
- Mediation at the Crossroads
- A Brief Look at the Mediation Process We Practice It

Conflict is a Choice
- What Is A "Right"?
- The Equality of Differences
- Environmental Justice Is Predicated On Human Equality
- Perceived Resource Scarcity Accentuates Environmental Conflict
- Resource Overexploitation: A Matter of Perceived Loss
- Conflict is a Mistake
- Conflict is Usually Based on the Misjudgment of Appearances

Biophysical Principles of Sustainability
- The Waterbed Principle
- Understanding the Law of Cosmic Unification
- The Inviolate Biophysical Principles

Social Principles of Sustainability
- The Paradox of Life
- Air: The Breath of Life-And Of Death
- Soil: The Great Placenta
- Water: A Captive of Gravity
- Biodiversity: The Variety of Life
- Sunlight: The Source of Global Energy
- Human Population: A Matter of Gender Equality
- How the Commons Usufruct Law Arose
- The Precursor of Today's Environmental Conflicts
- Social Principles of Engagement in a Sustainable Society

The Human Equation
- A Child's Gift
- We Take Our Family With Us
- Dysfunctional Family Dynamics Lead To Ongoing Destructive
- Conflict
- Homeostasis Is Designed To Hide Dysfunction
- Boundaries, The Silent Language
- Coping Mechanisms: Unconscious Thoughts That Manifest As Regonizable Behaviors
- The Capacity For Rational Thought
- Everyone Is Right From Their Point of View
- Acceptance of Circumstances Offers the Choices of What Might Be

Communication: The Interpersonal Element
- Language as a Tool
- The Use of Silence In Communication
- The Need to Be Heard
- The Basic Elements of Communication
- Changes in the Children's Oxford Dictionary
- Nature Deficit Disorder in Children
- Barriers to Communication
- Inability to Transfer Experiences from One Situation to Another

The Process Is The Decision
- Faith in the Process is Belief in the Outcome
- The Primacy of Process
- Perception is Truth; Facts Are Relative
- Reframing the Issue

Conflict Is a Learning Partnership
- A Mediator Is At All Times a Guest And A Leader Simultaneously
- The Fallacy of Rescuing
- A Mediator's Role in Participant Relationships
- Mediation Means Total Participation
- Detachment and Equanimity
- As A Mediator, You Must Be A Sieve, Not A Sponge
- As A Mediator, You Are The Keeper Of Each Participant's Dignity
- Have A Beginner's Mind
- Being Oneself
- The Continual Learning Curve

Practicing the Mediation of Conscience
- Compromise and the Point of Balance
- A Curriculum of Compassion and Justice
- Mediation as a Gift is Free, But as a Trade Has a Cost

Resolution: Social-Environmental Conflict Brought To A Shared Vision
- Who Are We As A Culture?
- What Legacy Do We Want To Leave Our Children?
- Vision, Goals, and Objectives

Modifying Our Belief Systems Regarding Change

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Chris Maser is an Author and Consultant in Corvallis, Oregon.

Carol A. Pollio is a Consultant and Professor at American Public University, Amherst, Massachusetts.

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