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Ought we conserve our resources so that they might be utilized by future generations? The question about whether or not we should care about future generations is difficult to answer yet must be discussed due to the rapid natural resource depletion we are seeing in the developed nations. Many philosophers like Paul Erhlich argue that exploding population growth is the culprit of the pervasive environmental deterioration. DesJardins discusses the idea that environmental impact is the result of population, consumption and affluence, and technology. He believes these factors play a pivotal role in the amount of resources that are consumed and the extent of pollution. Which leads to the question of whether or not people have an obligation to refrain from having babies. DesJardins presents three arguments against having responsibilities to future generations: argument form ignorance, disappearing beneficiaries, and argument from temporal location. In the first argument, the claim is that we know too little about future
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This note was uploaded on 10/03/2011 for the course ENVS 3040 taught by Professor Hale during the Spring '11 term at Colorado.

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