Final Paper: Environmental Ethics: The Danger Humans Pose on the Planet Earth

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Environmental Ethics: The Danger Humans Pose on the Planet EarthEnvironmental ethics is defined as the focus on the moral relations that exists between humans and the natural world. The ethical principles governing those relations regulate our duties, obligations, and responsibilities with regard to the Earth’s natural environment and all the animals and plants that are cohabitants of this planet7. The term ‘natural world’ will be used to refer to the entire set of natural ecosystems on our planet, along with the populations of animals and plants that make up the biotic communities of those ecosystems. The idea of a natural ecosystem is any collection of ecologically interrelated living things that, without human intrusion or control, maintain their existence as species/populations over time, each population occupying its own environmental niche and each shaped by the evolutionary processes of genetic variation and natural selection7. Doubts might be raised as to whether any genuinely natural ecosystems now exist on our planet. The impact of human civilization in the contemporary world appears inescapable. Certainly it is the case that wild biotic communities are rapidly disappearing, to say nothing of the accelerating rate of extinction of whole species. Directly correlated with these phenomena is the sharp decline in the number and variety of natural ecosystems. The effects of human culture and technology on the planetary biosphere are becoming ubiquitous. Due to the emergence of large-scale industrialization in the past century, the recent rise in the growth rate of human population, and the expansion of economies that stimulate and depend on high levels of consumption, our human presence is now felt throughout the entire Earth5. It is not only where we have taken over land areas to grow our food crops and to build our towns and cities that ecological changes have been brought about; the physical, chemical, and biological contaminants of modern civilization can be found everywhere. Unless these dominant trends of our age are
brought under control, we will see the natural environment of our planet turned into a vast artifact. A massive transformation has already begun not only of the entire land surface of the Earth but also of the open oceans and the very atmosphere itself. In an article titled “examining the scientific consensus on climate change”, it is stated that “fifty-two percent of Americans think most climate scientists agree that the Earth has been warming in recent years, and forty-seven percent think climate scientists agree that human activities are a major cause of that warming”5. The most important place that is in real danger is the planet with limited resources that we must all share. The core of the orthodox to share this one planet and provide a high quality for life for all is a strategy that entangled all nations, from the United States to China. The main goal which was to pursue economic growth has now

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Term
Fall
Professor
marvin
Tags
Ethics, Climate Change, Pesticide, planetary boundaries, human pesticide poisonings

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