NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
ERIC Number: EJ842788
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1205-5352
The Environmental Ethic of Bill Mason: A Model for Environmental Education
Heintzman, Paul
Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, v12 n1 p160-174 2007
Almost 20 years after Bill Mason's death, the writings and films of this legendary Canadian canoeist, filmmaker, and artist remain popular: "Few people of any nation have been so influential in creating a sense of responsibility for the environment" (Buck, 2005, p. 12). Supported by statements in Mason's writings and films, this paper presents eight themes of Mason's environmental ethic which reflect a Christian perspective on caring for the earth. Haluza-Delay (2000) argues that religious understandings can be influential in developing meaningful environmental ethics and environmentally friendly lifestyles, as religious membership and practice are a significant source of values and motivation for behavioural change for many people. Thus, for many Canadians, Bill Mason's environmental ethic may be a good model for constructing their own environmental ethic. Implications for environmental education are discussed.
Lakehead University and Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Lakehead University Faculty of Education, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Fax: 807-346-7771; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada