LAS 432 Class Discussion Week 2

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LAS 432 Class Discussion Week 2
LAS 432 Class Discussion: Value and Duty Discussions 1 Week 2

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LAS 432 Class Discussion Week 2

LAS 432 Class Discussion Week 2

LAS 432 Class Discussion: Value and Duty Discussions 1 Week 2

In the reading for this week, Onora O’Neill suggests, “Most of us agree that we should value the environment, or at least some bits of the environment; fewer of us agree why we should do so. Leaving aside answers that appeal to sheer prudence or mere preference and looking at some of the array of answers offering under the heading of ‘environmental ethics’ leaves a great deal obscure” (Chapter 4: “Environmental Value, Anthropocentrism, and Speciesism”).

How can we define environmental ethics in the contemporary moment? What are the factors involved in creating an ethical scaffold for understanding the natural world and its resources? What is the role of duty and obligation?

I’m sure many of you by now have seen the news articles describing some of the environmental initiatives many companies seem to be embarking on: whether it’s the elimination of one-use plastics; expansion of working remotely to reduce travel and it’s negative environment impacts; or, like we have seen over the last decade, the redesign of engines to reduce their emissions, there are major efforts to make us all a little more environmental conscious. In this discussion we will explore the concept of environment ethics and what it means to us, as individuals, and on a larger perspective, as a society.

So just to elaborate on the opening premise [above] to this discussion: Define environmental ethics and it’s implications.

In my view, environmental ethics is not a practice but a discipline or thought process (philosophy) that studies how us as human beings value the status of the environment in which we live. Do we preserve or destroy our environment? If we are destroying our environment, are we doing enough to fix the issue, and steps being taken to assure there will be an environment tomorrow and many years to come?  Are the implications to such habits disastrous or good?…