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The question that remains is do we humans as the

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The question that remains is: Do we humans, as the source of this problem, have any moral obligation to change our lifestyles and/or attempt to correct this massive issue? It depends on how you look at it. As individuals, our current moral principles say that we don’t have individual responsibility to personally change our actions. Currently, our belief is that, because
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A PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS OF CHASING ICE 4 the government is so much more powerful than the individual, the government should be primarily responsible for reducing these impacts (Sinnott-Armstrong). I mostly disagree with our current moral principle. Personally, I believe that individual actions and beliefs, when multiplied by those who have similar ideas, is more powerful than any government, at least in America. The government is powerful, and probably most impactful once efforts are unified, but the government won’t do anything until their civilians ask for it. It is when large numbers of people come together, sharing their beliefs and individually proving how they act under them that the government will utilize its power to enact change. Other philosophical factors that need to be analyzed in this discussion are anthropocentric beliefs, if nature has intrinsic value, and if we are obligated to conserve the earth for future generations. Anthropocentricism, to me, is the foundation of this problem. For so long, humans have believed that we are the center of the universe, and that God created this earth for us to use as we please because we are second only to Him. It is under this belief that we have so rapidly and intensely exploited the only place we can call home. We’ve believed that if it’s on this planet, it’s ok to use, even to the point of abuse, and that what’s gotten us into this predicament known as climate change. The idea that nature may have intrinsic value should also be given
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