Environmental Ethics

A paper which discusses the importance of protecting the environment as a matter of moral duty.

This paper discusses issues of environmental protection and control as they affect our business, social and individual decisions. It shows that the long-term goal of environmental ethics must be to develop a logical approach to ethics that will manage to convince mankind of the benefits of resolving pertinent and dangerous issues through sound and ethical policy-making decisions.
“Environmental ethics is a field of study that provides guidance in the analysis of moral problems related to our natural environment (Sagoff, 1988). Since the early 1970s society has become increasingly aware that the numerous problems relating to our natural environment are critical on a variety of levels. Yet both traditional and contemporary decision-making tools have failed to protect us from the costs of environmental deterioration and crises. This is a situation that we can no longer afford to ignore.”