Advertisement

Unsafety pp 43-62 | Cite as

Our Stolen Sustainability: Contamination by Environmental Hormones

  • Shigeo Atsuji
Chapter
Part of the Translational Systems Sciences book series (TSS)

Abstract

When we speak of sustainable development in the context of modern society, what does it actually mean? Here we would like to address the issue of environmental contamination and explore the conditions required to move toward human coexistence and symbiosis with the natural environment [1]. Studying the effect of ‘environmental hormones’ [2] and endocrine disruptors on the ecosystem, Theo Colborn confirmed the risk of ‘brain contamination’ through the food chain and ‘biomagnification’. The contamination of the ecosphere by environmental hormones—an issue which no modern human can avoid—is a ‘negative legacy’ contrasting with the economic wealth brought by modern rationality. In this chapter, I consider the role of the environmental ethics which societies and individuals will be required to practice in the near future and examine the role of ‘environmental management’ as a preventive policy informing the morality of modern organizations.

Keywords

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Environmental Contamination Endocrine Disruptor Modern Human Agricultural Chemical 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. 1.
    Atsuji, S., “ISO Global Policy toward Environmental Management”, Economic & Political Studies Series No. 135, The Institute of Economic and Political Studies, 2003, pp. 1–18.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Colborn, T., Dumanoski, D. and Myers, J. P., Our Stolen Future: Are We Threatening Our Fertility, Intelligence, and Survival?, Spieler, 1996.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Colborn, T., Dumanoski, D. and Myers, J. P., Colborn, T., Ibid. Google Scholar
  4. 4.
  5. 5.
    Jacobson, J.L. and Jacobson, S.W., “Intellectual Impairment in Children Exposed to Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Utero”, New England Journal of Medicine, September 1996.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Hauser, P. (eds), Thyroid Diseases of Infancy and Childhood: Effects on Behavior and Intellectual Development, American Psychiatric Press, 1999.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
  8. 8.
    Carson, R., Silent Spring, Houghton Mifflin, 1962.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Brown, L.R. et al., State of the World 2000, W.W. Norton, 2000.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Cadbury, D., The Feminization of Nature, Penguin, 1997.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Brown, L.R., Flavin, C. and Kane, H., Vital Signs: The Trends that Are Shaping Our Future, Worldwatch Institute, 1992.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Langton, P., The Black Triangle: Environmental Policy in an International Context, The Open University, BBC–EPIC, 1999.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Brown, L.R. et al., Saving the Planet: How to Shape an Environmentally Sustainable Global Economy, World Watch Institute, 1991.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Arrow, K.J., The Limits of Organization, W.W. Norton, 1974.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Sandel, M.J., What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. Sandel, M.J., Justice: What’s the Right Thing to do, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Tsuyumoto, I., Dioxin, Natsume, 2000.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    JACO, ISO14000 Kankyō management system [ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (Bilingual)], Gyōsei, 2001.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Kato, H., Kankyō to rinri: Shizen to ningen no kyōsei wo motomete [Environment and Ethics: Towards the Coexistence of Nature and Humanity], Yūhikaku, 1998, pp. 1–19.Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Maturana, H.R., Varela, F.J., Autopoiesis and Cognition: the Realization of the Living, D. Reidel Publishing Company, 1980.Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Maturana, H.R., “Ethics–A Matter of Conservation and Change”, Proceedings of the World Congress of System Sciences 2000, ISSS, pp. 26, 91.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Barnard, C.I., The Functions of the Executive, Harvard University Press, 1938, pp. 261–265.Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Iino, H., “Soshikidōtoku to soshikibunka”, BarnardGendaishakai to soshikimondai [Organizational Ethics and Organizational Culture, Barnard—Modern Society and Organizational Problems], Bunshindō, 1986, pp. 286–290.Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Barnard, C.I., op. cit., pp. 281–284.Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Barnard, Ibid., pp. 56–61, pp. 251–252.Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Atsuji, S., “What is the Basis of Complexity?: Cybernetics on the World Congress of the Systems Sciences”, Social and Economic Systems Studies, The Japan Association for Social and Economic Systems Studies, 2001, No. 20, pp. 149–158.Google Scholar
  26. 26.
    Murata, H., Kanri no tetsugaku: Zentai to kō, sono hōhō to imi [Philosophy of Management: The Whole and the Part, Methods and Meanings], Bunshindō, 1984.Google Scholar
  27. 27.
    Watsuji, T., Ningen no manabi toshite no rinrigaku [Ethics as Human Learning], Iwanami, 1934, pp. 46–63.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Japan 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shigeo Atsuji
    • 1
  1. 1.Kansai UniversityKyotoJapan

Personalised recommendations