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Environmental Ethics-Ch16

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on 6 August 2014

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Transcript of Environmental Ethics-Ch16

Deep Ecology
Sequoia Tree
Ecocentrism
Wilderness
Human Environmental
Impact
O-Zone
Depletion
Cost-Benefit
Growing Concerns
Polar Ice Caps Melting
Weather Unpredictable
What is the Environment?
All the factors that act on
living organisms
within a space.
Are we isolated?
Consider:
Intrinsic: value in
and of itself
Anthroprocentrism
Human centered
High Human worth
Little Value in
Environment
How does this value
differ with other values?
Daily life requires
comparing costs/benefits
Opportunity cost-
forgone option
How do we place
value on Environment?
Global Warming-
most scientists support
CO2-80% of greenhouse
emissions
2 billion people
living w/ scarce
resources
Glaciers may
be gone by
2020
Radiation
Due to:
Carbon Dioxide
CFC's
Natural Gas & its extraction
major topic
671 wilderness areas-
encroached by mining, minerals
200 million+ acres
150 National Forests
Americans produce
2x as much greenhouse
gases as Japan.
Relativistic
Eco/biocentric
What is best for
other life forms?
Are humans the highest form?
Trees as Moral Patients-
a being affected by others
Ecosystems
Patchy mosaic with
fuzzy edges
Complex creatures
leave at the top
Ethical Treatment of environment
is a tendency toward stability, integrity,
and beauty
Holistic, root cause view, critical
of western thought: individualism,
reductionism, and consumerism
Ecofeminism
critical of male-centered
view of sustainability
Sustainable Development
Many countries have collapsed
Millions are exploited
Cannot sustain Western living
Environmental Ethics
assessments & Evaluations
Male Type Dominance
Instrumental: value
because of its usefulness
Prima Facie - value
at first glance
How do these values
affect the environment?
Cause of Environmental Problems
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