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  • Approaches To Environmental Ethics And Kants Principle - 979 words
    Approaches To Environmental Ethics And KantS Principle 1. All of the three approaches to environmental ethics use Kant's principle to various extents. The differences between them lie in their individual definitions of moral categories. It's like looking at the same slide under three different powers on a microscope. Each approach relies on Kant's principle to protect the interest of that which they deem worthy. Baxter's anthropocentric approach clearly states that our obligations regarding the environment are to be determined solely on the basis of human interests. Our welfare depends on breathable air, drinkable water and edible food. Thus, polluting the environment to the extent that it d ...
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  • Approaches To Environmental Ethics And Kants Principle - 1,026 words
    ... sent state of world hunger. First, the Commission claims there is a "moral obligation to overcome hunger, based on two universal values - respect for human dignity and social justice." (396) In the hierarchy of human needs, food is one of the most basic of all, along with air, water and shelter. If these fundamental requirements for life are not met, then higher level needs seem almost to be luxuries and unimportant. Unless all governments of the world actively strive to see that hunger is a tragedy of the past, "the principle that human life is sacred, which forms the very basis of human society, will gradually but relentlessly erode." (397) The Commission believes the US would be the s ...
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  • Aldo Leopold Ecocentrism - 779 words
    Aldo Leopold- Ecocentrism Environmental Ethics 1) Leopold strongly suggests the need for land ethic because he sees a great lack for it. Humans see land as an economical resource. Land is used for our needs and enjoyment with the belief that we are the ruler and conqueror of the land. Humans feel superior to the land and all that live on it and therefore lack the sense of being a part of land. To have land ethic is to become a part of the land not a disconnected from it. When we separate ourselves from the land, we forget our obligation to take care of it. We use, abuse, and take land for granted. We are the ultimate consumers of land. Leopold suggests that adopting land ethic will change th ...
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  • Env 221y Assignment - 1,539 words
    ENV 221Y Assignment ANICE TRY,@ SAYS TAYLOR ABAD AIR ALERT: IT=S KILLING US!@ Did that catch your attention? The Blue Ribbon Committee=s strategy poses to be quite effective and powerful when trying to make us understand the devastating final consequences to the pollution problem that we encounter every day of our lives. To many of us, knowing that something can kill us, human beings, is such a devastating concept that it seems incomprehensible. Knowing that even one of us can be slaughtered by the air we breathe brings upon us a different kind of insight. One that makes us stop, even for a split second, to think of how we are contributing to the future mass destruction of the human species. ...
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  • Environmental Philosophy - 1,117 words
    ... he intersections of choice and the potholes of despair and confusions that we forget what we were racing toward in the first place. For those of us who do take time to stop and think about where we are headed, we realize, as Annie Dillard did, that on the road of life, we may have just lost sight of what we are living for and the origin of where our lives come from. "Wilderness is a human concept an idea about a place and its effect on us. It is a state of mind devoted to an experience and the contemplation of natural places and processes. There is common theme in these wilderness interests," as A. Anderson has suggested. I think of a wilderness as a spot or place in our world in which I ...
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  • Forests - 1,176 words
    ... tness and quality. Again, all the lumber companies can see is money not nature. The air that we are breathing right now is progressively becoming worse to take in, causing cancers that haven't even been identified yet. Where is this stemming from? The people's demand for logging companies to continue to take wood for American's personal use. Americans are definitely not aware of the extent of what is going on it their country. They do not realize that by purchasing what they think to be insignificant everyday products, such as paper cups or computer printing paper and not putting them in the recycling bin is only contributing to their eventual extinction. The government is more than awar ...
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  • Genetic Engineering Awareness Week - 1,473 words
    Genetic Engineering Awareness Week What are you Eating? Campaign for Food Safety and Awareness General Education Honors Project Project Proposal March 31, 2000 Table of Contents Introduction 3 The Project 3 Significance 4 Evaluation 5 Team Budget 6 Bibliography 7 Supplemental Bibliography 8 Team Signatures 9 The technological changes and innovations during the last 20 years have created a remarkable array of new creations. All living organisms are compromised of a substance called deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which contains genes that are the blueprint for that organism. Scientists discovered that DNA was interchangeable between organisms and created new breeding methods such as cros ...
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  • Northern Spotted Owl Controversy - 782 words
    Northern Spotted Owl Controversy The Northern Spotted Owl Controversy Jobs Vs Environmental Protection Introduction The mere mention of the creatures name brings shudders to loggers and some local inhabitants, fear over its existence has incited rallies, garnered the attention of three government agencies, and caused people to tie themselves to trees. On April 2, 1993, President Bill Clinton embarked on a quest to settle a long-standing battle. The environmentalists on one side, and their attempts to protect natural resources, and the timber industrys desire for the same on the other. Unemployment and economic devastation was said to surely follow, due to the loss of timber industry jobs. N ...
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