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Matt Deis Professor Thomas Powers PHIL 448: Environmental Ethics 17 May 2011 Environmental Ethics and Education It is an obvious fact that one cannot learn anything from a book that one has not yet read. Intelligent and influential philosophers have been publishing papers filled with theories and substantial reasoning behind environmentally ethical ideas for decades. Yet, they can only hope that their ideas will find a home in the minds of the readers who would be fortunate enough to scroll their eyes across such pages. These papers are written with the basic intent of enlightening and educating readers in a way that will eventually lead to the transformation of that education into a conscious day to day effort to infuse this newly acquired knowledge into the reader’s lifestyle. Although it cannot be said for all, the majority of respected authors and philosophers realize the possible implications of irresponsible use of such power over their readers and instead, choose to utilize their intellectual authority in a way that allows both the reader and, hopefully, the surrounding world to benefit from the knowledge contained within their writings. If such powerful benefits can be found in the simple act of reading an essay, why should such an opportunity not be afforded to as large a population as possible? If a simple increase in knowledge and awareness of a particular subject with global relevance can result in the benefit of the entire human race, why should not every capable nation and institution take the necessary steps to ensure that said knowledge is incorporated into their educational curriculum? It is my belief that through the implementation of an environmentally ethical curriculum in educational systems around the world, a moral, human obligation to the land will not only become more evident, but will grow to become a conscious effort. If pursued in the correct manner, such efforts will lead towards a more sustainable way of life around the world. First and foremost, it is important to understand why such a widespread change in thinking is needed and how environmental education will be able to contribute to that change. A prime example of insufficient education leading to an environmentally destructive society can be found in the one hundred and twenty five thousand people living on the borders of Ranthambhore National Park and Bengal Tiger reserve in northern India. This population has nearly depleted the land surrounding the reserve of all its natural resources, leaving many natives dependent on the watersheds and fertile soil provided within the reserve to survive. Ranthambhore National Park was initially put in place to provide a sanctuary for the ever declining Bengal tiger population, but has since grown to serve a double purpose in both protecting the tigers and providing natural resources for the surrounding human population. Due to government regulation regarding the protection of the tigers, this fertile and resourceful area
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course PHIL 448 taught by Professor Powers during the Spring '11 term at University of Delaware.

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