So..After reading this article, what id your input on the relationship between climate change, leadership, and
ethical responsibility. What is the relationship between leadership and ethical standards? How does advancements in technology complicate or simplify this relationship?
Polluting and Unpolluting
If Dodgson owns a swimming pool and Duckworth dumps a 5-gallon bucket of ammonia into Dodgson's swimming pool, many would rightly charge Duckworth with polluting Dodgson's pool. Depending on the facts of the case, many would further charge that, in polluting Dodgson's pool, Duckworth has wronged Dodgson. That is, Duckworth's pollution of Dodgson's pool is wrong. This sentiment stems, presumably, from the simple fact that ammonia is damaging to pools and pool water, and that by dumping the bucket of ammonia in the pool, Duckworth has thereby injured Dodgson.
The degree of wrongness of Duckworth's action may well be mitigated by external factors, of course. Duckworth's pollution of Dodgson's pool may be a case of malicious vandalism, or it may easily have been an accident. Depending on the facts, Dodgson may have more reason to forgive Duckworth in one case than in another. This much seems clear enough. It is also possible that Dodgson may have asked Duckworth to put the ammonia in the water, perhaps if Dodgson were a pool manager and Duckworth his assistant, or if Dodgson were filming a movie and Duckworth were in place to form a toxic fog on the surface of the pool. So it is not clear, from the mere fact that Duckworth has dumped ammonia in Dodgson's pool, and therefore polluted the pool with ammonia, that he has therefore wronged Dodgson. Most readers will likely accept these explanations as well.
Nevertheless, many people think that pollution is wrong, and that everything else being equal, dumping ammonia in a person's pool is wrong. Many people further believe that what makes pollution wrong, or what makes dumping ammonia wrong, is that it is harmful. The question for this essay relates to the wrong of pollution, or by extension, the wrong of environmental damage. Does the wrong of pollution consist fundamentally in the harm-causing effects of sullying some environment? Or is there something more?
On one hand, the problem with polluting seems obvious: polluting degrades the environment, in this case, the pool, but in many other cases the natural environment. Closer examination, however, reveals several possible answers.
At least three alternatives present themselves: