Burden of proof rests with developers to demonstrate

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Unformatted text preview: rests with developers to demonstrate that the instrumental costs associated with conservation of biodiversity are too high. Conservationists Burden of proof Developers M1.52 Bio 3115 Université d’Ottawa/ University of Ottawa 2014 M1 2009-2010 BIO 3115 Conservation Biology "Protecting the environment is so important that requirements and standards cannot be too high, and continuing environmental improvements must be made regardless of cost." % of respondents 100 Exxon Valdez oil spill 90 80 70 Agree 60 50 40 Disagree 30 20 10 Undecided 0 April 1983 Septem ber 1981 Septem ber 1982 January 1986 June 1989 July 1988 April 1989 M1.53 Bio 3115 Université d’Ottawa/ University of Ottawa 2014 Value and individual responsibility M1.54 Bio 3115 Université d’Ottawa/ University of Ottawa 2014 M1 2009-2010 BIO 3115 Conservation Biology Environmental ethics "Environmental ethics is concerned with the moral relations that hold between humans and their environment. The ethical principles governing these relations determine our duties, obligations and responsibilities with regards to the Earth's natural environment and the animals and plants that inhabit it" - Paul Taylor, "Respect for Nature" M1.55 Bio 3115 Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa 2014 The questions Is human conduct in relation to the environment subject to moral constraints? If yes, what are these constraints and how do they differ from those governing our interactions with other human beings? Can a moral commitment to follow principles of environmental ethics be shown to rest on rationale grounds? How are our obligations and responsibilities toward the environment to be weighed against human values and interests? M1.56 Bio 3115 Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa 2014 M1 2009-2010 BIO 3115 Conservation Biology The answers (Findlay view) Human conduct in relation to the natural environment is subject to moral constraints because all living organisms have intrinsic value. These const...
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