Environmental Ethics

Roselynn Dow, Central New York Center, Utica Unit, SUNY Empire State College writes:

“The study of environmental ethics involves investigation of the values and rights of different groups in nature such as endangered species, wilderness areas, and human beings that interact with them and share this planet. Coursework covers a range of environmental ethics and presents different viewpoints about nature, ecology, ecofeminism, sustainability, and social issues to gain a broad understanding of current thinking proposed by leading people in environmentalism. Specific areas of interest might include legal issues, moral responsibility, animal rights, conservation perspectives, connections to environmental justice, the obligations to future generations, connections to sustainable development, and radical activism.”

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The Economy of the Earth: Philosophy, Law, and the Environment, Mark Sagoff

Web Resources

The Environmental Justice site from the EPA. www.eqa.gov/environmentaljustice/

Standord Encyclopedia of Philosophy section on environmental ethics http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/ethics-environmental/

Thinking Ethically About the Environment by Keith Douglass Warner OFM, with David DeCosse. Posted on the Santa Clara University website www.scu.edu