Ch 11: Ethics & The Environment

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about ethical issues as they relate to the environment. The quizzes that follow each lesson can help you measure your understanding of the materials.

Ethics and the Environment - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The environment and the state of our planet may be the most important issues of our day. Modern technology and contemporary lifestyles have powerful and often unwanted impacts upon the earth and its habitability. These lessons will teach you more about the ethical issues involved in our relationship with the environment. Take the lesson quizzes to test your comprehension of the material and ask an instructor if you have any questions. In these lessons, you'll learn things such as:

  • The clash between human values and environmental preservation
  • Views of environmental ecology throughout the world
  • How environmental legislation gets passed
  • Environmental laws and regulations currently existing in the United States
  • Global ecology
  • How to keep development sustainable while preserving the health of the environment

Video Objective
Environmental Ethics and Human Values: Definition and Impact on Environmental Problems Learn about the role of human values and ethics in preserving the natural environment.
Environmental Worldviews: Western and Deep Ecology Find out about how environmental conservation is viewed worldwide, and the movements most committed to ecology.
What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations and Timeline Review laws and regulations affecting the environment and the timelines for putting these in place.
Global Ecology: Definition and Overview Examine worldwide efforts to preserve the environment.
Sustainable Development within Environmental Limits See how development can continue in the service of the world population's needs while preserving our natural environment.

9 Lessons in Chapter 11: Ethics & The Environment
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems

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.

Environmental Virtue Ethics: Hursthouse & Sandler

2. Environmental Virtue Ethics: Hursthouse & Sandler

Philosophers have long been concerned with ethics and what it means to do the right thing. In this lesson, we'll talk about virtue ethics, which is all about how people make virtuous choices, especially regarding humans' relationship to the environment.

Environmental Worldviews: Western & Deep Ecology

3. 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.

What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline

4. 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.

Global Ecology: Definition and Overview

5. Global Ecology: Definition and Overview

A large oil spill in the middle of the ocean and the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere are examples of environmental problems that can influence the entire planet. This lesson will explore the study of environmental problems occurring on a global scale, including the impact of globalization and current major global environmental problems.

Sustainable Development within Environmental Limits

6. Sustainable Development within Environmental Limits

Sustainable development is a way of meeting the needs of both present and future generations. Learn how sustainable development must work within the environmental limits so future generations can benefit from the rich resources of the environment.

Comparing Life-Centered & Human-Centered Environmental Ethics

7. Comparing Life-Centered & Human-Centered Environmental Ethics

The moral relationship between humans and the environment is an important one. In this lesson, explore two of the main beliefs in this field, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

What Is Environmental Racism? - Definition & Ethics

8. What Is Environmental Racism? - Definition & Ethics

Environmental racism is a concept that has been around for a few decades. It involves race, economics, health, and a lot more. Find out what it is as well as some ethical dilemmas posed by it.

Speciesism in Environmental Ethics

9. Speciesism in Environmental Ethics

Are you more important than someone else? Do you think that we're all pretty much the same? Have you ever thought about how this applies to animals and nature? Well, this lesson goes over this topic with respect to different species and nature.

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