Environmental Ethics[1]

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Matt Rutgers Philosophy 102 Environmental Ethics In the world that you and I live in today, we are being faced with more environmental issues than ever before. Such environmental issues include global warming, the extinction of thousands of different species, deforestation, and many more. Without a doubt, the quality and health of the environment that we as humans live in is vital to the continuation of our human race. When considering such issues and the environment as a whole, proper environmental ethics is imperative. Environmental ethics can be summarized as a discipline that studies the moral relationship of human beings to the environment and its nonhuman contents. However, when trying to come up with proper environmental ethics, one must be careful to not have an anthropogenic viewpoint, in which man overshadows everything else in the environment. I believe that when considering what actions to take against today’s environmental issues, the effects on non-humans must be as equally important as the effects on humans, if not more important. Throughout the past few decades there have been numerous tragic oil spills around the world; however, few have been as devastating as the spill that took place earlier this month, in San Francisco, Californian. Fifty-eight thousand gallons of oil oozed into the San Francisco Bay after an oil tanker struck a tower in the dense fog. This catastrophic oil spill indeed has already greatly damaged the environment surrounding San Francisco, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. However, the harm that man has done on the environment with this oil spill, does not rebound solely, or even chiefly on man. The utilitarian Peter Singer is quick to point out in his article, “The Place of Non-Humans in Environmental Issues,” that “it is nonhumans
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who bear the most direct burden of human interference with nature (Singer, 144).” Therefore,
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