Human beings have certain duties towards their fellow beings. On similar lines, we have a set of duties towards our environment. Environmental ethics says that we should base our behavior on a set of ethical values that guide our approach towards the other living beings in nature.
Environmental ethics is about including the rights of non-human animals, their eco systems and our tributaries within that ecosystem, in our ethical and moral values. Even if the human race is considered the primary concern of society, animals, plants, and water are in no way less important. Each should have a right to get their fair share of existence in the world (Oak, 2008).
Environmental Ethics and Water Conservation
Environmental Ethics is where we study the moral relationship of humans to the value and moral status of the environment and its impact on non-human eco-system (Andrew Brennen, 2008). While numerous philosophers have written on this topic throughout history, environmental ethics only developed into a specific philosophical discipline in the 1970’s. This emergence was no doubt due to the increasing awareness in the 1960s of the effects that technology, industry, economic expansion and population growth were having on the environment (cited in Environmental Ethics). As Environmental Ethics is a combination of ancient and recent insights, it is really a discipline in the making. It is one that we have to embrace if we are to learn to not damage our future and our ecologies of the world. We must all come to formulate the idea’s for this type of philosophy for ourselves if we are to sustain our world from the destruction that could come from not keeping hazards out of our environments. It should evoke challenge and yet not preach on statements of position but must bring you to think, develop, and build a set of environmental Ethics worth having (Ernest Partridge, 1998) for yourself.
Practical Obligations and Moral Philosophy
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