The position of liberalism towards ecological problems has been a matter of discussion in the green thought. Many green thinkers indicates liberalism as a main source underlying ecological crises. It has been criticized being inheritor of Enlightenment philosophy and attaching human more importance than other natural beings. Dualist perspective that attribute civilization to humanity and wildness to nature has been perceived as problematic. Most importantly, it has been blamed being the main source of the natural abuse by targeting economic growth for development. Conversely, a group of liberal thinker opposing to these critics, argues that green liberalism is possible. According to them, political liberalism and economic liberalism are not the same. This opinion argues that there is not a compulsory relation between capitalist economy and political liberalism. Therefore, economic liberalism should be blamed for the ecological crisis not political liberalism. Because of these prejudiced opinions, green thought becomes deprived of liberal contribution. According to them, the philosophical background liberalism possess could provide worthy contributions to green thought. This study examines problem solving ability of green liberalism to the ecological problems. Opposing green liberals, it argues that liberal principles are not compatible with the ecological principles.
Keywords: Green liberalism, economic liberalism, liberal democracy, ecological crises, capitalism