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Environmental Ethics & Politics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Use the lessons in this chapter to learn how our values, beliefs and cultures shape our environmental ethics. Instructors also discuss the environmental viewpoints behind legislative action and sustainable development practices designed to protect the Earth's natural resources. This chapter is designed to teach you:
- Opposing environmental ethics and worldviews
- Components of environmental decision making
- Purposes of environmental law and policy
- Types of regulatory approaches
- Global environmental concerns
|Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems||Describes the impact of anthropocentric and ecocentric ethical views on the debate about society's responsibility to care for the environment|
|Environmental Worldviews: Western & Deep Ecology||Compares the Western and Deep Ecology worldviews shaping individuals' beliefs about what constitutes appropriate environmental behaviors|
|What is Environmental Justice? - Definition, Principles, Examples & Issues||Explains the roles fair treatment and meaningful involvement principles play in ensuring access to reliable transportation, safe housing and healthy food, among other factors|
|Environmental Planning & Decision Making: Definition & Components||Outlines the environmental, political and social factors taken into consideration when creating and implementing plans for sustainable development|
|What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline||Summarizes the goals of legislation designed to protect the environmental and outlines the significance of the National Environmental Policy Act|
|What is an Environmental Impact Statement? - Definition, Requirements & Example||Provides examples of projects that would require an environmental impact statement and explains how this document must outline their indirect environmental effect, demand on natural resources and impact on an area's cultural and historical qualities|
|Incentive-Based Regulatory Approaches: Environmental Taxes & Tradable Permits||Describes the command and control regulatory approaches that hand down sanctions for violating environmental legislation and the incentive-based regulatory approaches that award subsidies and tradable permits to encourage pollution reduction|
|World Trade Rules & Environmental Policies||Explores the potential conflicts between the World Trade Organization's trade liberalization rules and the various environmental policies designed to protect the environment|
|Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution||Describes a growing population's demand on food supplies and energy resources as well as its increasing pollution|
1. Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems
Environmental ethics take into consideration the moral obligations human beings have concerning the environment. Learn how environmental ethics and human values affect our ability to understand and solve environmental problems.
2. Environmental Worldviews: Western & Deep Ecology
Environmental worldviews are the commonly shared beliefs that give groups of people a sense how humans should interact with the environment. Learn about two contrasting environmental worldviews: western and deep ecology.
3. What is Environmental Justice? - Definition, Principles, Examples & Issues
Environmental justice is a movement that grew from the recognition of a disproportionate number of environmental burdens in certain communities. It works to ensure a healthy environment for all regardless of race, nationality, income, gender or age.
4. Environmental Planning & Decision Making: Definition & Components
Environmental planning and decision making take into consideration the needs of society and the natural environment when developing an area. Learn how environmental planning and decision making are carried out to create sustainable outcomes.
5. What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline
Environmental legislation is a collection of many laws and regulations aimed at protecting the environment from harmful actions. Learn about the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws.
6. What is an Environmental Impact Statement? - Definition, Requirements & Example
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a document that takes into consideration the environmental impact of a proposed action. Learn how an EIS is used to ensure that the goals of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are met.
7. Incentive-Based Regulatory Approaches: Environmental Taxes & Tradable Permits
An incentive-based regulatory approach aims to reduce environmentally-harmful pollutants by offering inducements to polluters who limit their emissions. Learn how environmental taxes and tradable permits are utilized to help protect the environment.
8. World Trade Rules & Environmental Policies
Environmental policies help the environment by managing human activities. Learn how world trade rules and environmental policies relate to each other and the impact they can have on environmental protection in this lesson.
9. Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution
There are many issues that raise future environmental concerns. Learn how the environment may be impacted by the growing population and food and energy needs of the world, as well as growing pollution concerns as we move through the 21st century.
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Other chapters within the AP Environmental Science Textbook course
- Introduction to Environmental Science
- Geologic Time
- Plate Tectonics
- The Atmosphere and the Environment
- Weather and Storms
- Water Balance
- Running Water
- Ground Water
- Water Issues & Conservation
- Minerals, Rocks & Soil
- Interaction Among Organisms in the Ecosystem
- Evolving Ecosystems
- Biological Science
- Population and the Environment
- Food and Agricultural Resources
- Forestry, Rangelands & Other Land Use
- Mining & Fishing
- Energy Concepts
- Renewable Resources
- Nonrenewable Resources
- Solid and Hazardous Waste
- Human Impact on the Environment
- Environmental Sustainability
- Environmental Risk Analysis
- Global Environmental Economics