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Unformatted text preview: raints are rules of conduct governing our interactions with the natural environment. These rules differ from those among human beings because the recipients of our actions are not themselves moral agents. M1.57 Bio 3115 Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa 2014 The answers (cont’d) The moral commitment for a respect for nature rests on rational grounds because the continued physical, intellectual and emotional well-being of human beings depends on us adopting such a commitment. There will never be any conflict between our responsibilities toward the natural environment and our long-term responsibilities to ourselves. The only possible conflict is between environmental responsibility and short-term human interests. M1.58 Bio 3115 Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa 2014 M1 2009-2010 BIO 3115 Conservation Biology The golden rule of environmental ethics (Findlay view) Human activities should be conducted in such a way as to minimize the global effects of such activities on the structure and functioning of natural ecosystems. M1.59 Bio 3115 Université d’Ottawa/ University of Ottawa 2014 M1 2009-2010...
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