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The idea that nature may have intrinsic value should

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known as climate change. The idea that nature may have intrinsic value should also be given consideration. It is obvious that the glaciers have instrumental value: they regulate global temperature, and the cool winds that come off of them affect precipitation patterns, which in turn can affect humans, thus giving them this value. However, we need to contemplate the species living in these areas. As the glaciers recede and calve, they are losing their habitat, perhaps the only place on Earth they are able to survive. If nature has intrinsic value, then we must correct our actions for the sake of these species. Finally, we must analyze if we are morally obligated to conserve this earth for future generations. Balog certainly thinks so, as he states in the
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A PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS OF CHASING ICE 5 documentary that it is the given right of an individual to see the same things as his father before him. Personally, I think we do have an obligation, to some extent. We, as the earliest generations to see the impacts of climate change, are awful people if we sweep this evidence under the rug and leave it for future generations to deal with. It’s not fair to future inhabitants for us to consume and destroy so much and leave them with all of our problems and so few resources. In summary, I personally believe that we are morally obligated to change our lifestyles and attempt to correct this issue that we’ve made with the glaciers. Our individual actions are significant and can promote change. The animals that suffer and the future generations that depend on our choices are more than worthy of our efforts to resolve this issue.
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A PHILOSOPHICAL ANALYSIS OF CHASING ICE 6 References Chasing ice. Orlowski, J. (Director). (2012).[Video/DVD] Sinnott-Armstrong, W. It's not my fault: Global warming and individual moral obligations.
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