ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Today we live without them: the erasure of animals and plants in the language of ecosystem assessment. Arran Stibe

Abstract: This article examines the representation of animals and plants in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, showing how they are systematically erased from consciousness through a variety of linguistic devices. The consequences for engaging and motiving people in the UK who care about the wellbeing, welfare, and lives of animals and plants are discussed, and the conclusion calls for more balanced ways of representing the natural world.

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Stibe, Arran “ECOS 33 (1) Spring 2012. Today we live without them: the erasure of animals and plants in the language of ecosystem assessment. Arran Stibe” ECOS vol. 33(1), 2012, British Association of Nature Conservationists, www.ecos.org.uk/ecos-33-1-spring-2012-today-we-live-without-them-the-erasure-of-animals-and-plants-in-the-language-of-ecosystem-assessment-arran-stibe/.