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Intro to Environmental Science and Environmental Ethics

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Intro to Environmental Science and Environmental Ethics ENVS 170

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Week 1 notes, covers general information about environmental science and discusses ethics in environmental science.
Intro Environmental Science
Monica Ramirez
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Environmental Ethics, Introduction to Environmental Studies




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Date Created: 09/23/16
Intro to Environmental Science and Environmental Ethics Environment o Entirety of our surroundings, everything that we interact with o Living/non-living things o Physical environment o Society Humans and Our Environment o We are only as healthy as the planet around us o Nature is currently being threatened with pollution, deforestation, species endangerment, erosion o EnviSci is the study of how our planet functions and how we interact with it Natural Resources o Substances/energy sources essential to human survival o Renewable resources: constantly renewing themselves o Sunlight o Wind energy o Wave energy o Geothermal energy o Non-renewable resources: can be depleted o Oil o Natural gas o Coal o Metals (copper, aluminum, etc.) Human Population o Current global population consists of almost 7 billion people o Climbing population due to agricultural and industrial revolution o Thomas Malthus: population needs to be contained or we will use up all of our resources, will lead to destruction of humanity o Neo-Malthusians: increasing population is bad for the planet o Tragedy of the Commons (Garret Hardin): people will simply continue to consume as many resources as they can until they are all gone because they are not limited in any way o This could be solved with: private ownership or regulations set in place by the government Ecological Footprint o Environmental impact of an individual person or an entire population o Using 30% more resources than are available on a sustainable basis Environmental Science o Studies relationship between humans and environment so that we can learn from our mistakes and develop solutions to problems that are impacting our planet o Natural science AND social science o Different from environmentalism which is a social movement that is dedicated to protecting the natural world (environmental activism rather than environmental study) Ethics o Ethics: study of good v. bad, right v. wrong o “The set of moral principles or values held by a person or society that tells us how we ought to behave” o Relativists: ethics vary with social context o Universalists: right/wrong remain the same across all cultures and situations o Ethical standards: criteria that assists in differentiating right from wrong, good from bad o Utility: something right produces the most benefit for the most people Environmental Ethics o Environmental ethics: application of ethical standards to the relationships between humans and their environment o Anthropocentrism: the perspective that only humans have rights o Anything that does not benefit people does not have value o Biocentrism: the perspective that all life has ethical standing o Development is opposed in any situation that would destroy life o Ecocentrism: the perspective that entire ecological systems have value o Values the well-being of species/communities/ecosystems Preservation Ethic o Nature should be protected for its own inherent value o Nature promotes human happiness and fulfillment in its best state o Supported by John Muir Conservation Ethic o Natural resources should be used wisely in a way that will benefit the most people in the best way (utilitarian perspective) o Calls for sustainable resources to be extracted and used efficiently and with care o Supported by Gifford Pinchot Land Ethic o All parts of an ecological system must be protected in order for it to be healthy o Encourages people to treat nature as an equal counterpart o Supported by Aldo Leopold Ecofeminism o 1960s-1970s o People treat nature similarly to how men treat women o Degradation, social oppression o “A patriarchal society is a root cause of both social and environmental problems” Environmental Justice o ALL people should be able to live in healthy environments o Poor/minorities are more commonly exposed to polluted and hazardous environments


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