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"In a word, we have thoughtlessly, and to a large degree unnecessarily, diminished the resources upon which not only our prosperity but the prosperity of our children and our children's children must always depend."

Theodore Roosevelt

US President


A history of conservative environmentalism

Protecting the environment for future generations has long been an innately conservative instinct.


In 1790, Edmund Burke, the founder of modern conservativism, said, "society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born."


Burke also warned that "the earth, the kind and equal mother of all ought not to be monopolised to foster the pride and luxury of any men".


More recently, Sir Roger Scruton, a British conservative philosopher, wrote that we are all motivated to look after our local environment by 'oikophilia' (a love of home).


Scruton criticised top-down government schemes and instead argued for a conservative approach with people working together to better their local community, while those who harm the environment bear the social costs of their actions.

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