Unit 17

Protection of the environment, the biosphere and biodiversity


Ethics and the environment: views of nature

a. The relation of bioethics and environmental issues
b. Background

Ethical perspectives

a. Anthropocentric environmental ethics: human centred ethics
b. Non-anthropocentric environmental ethics
i. Biocentric: other living organisms have intrinsic value
ii. Ecocentric: ecosystems have intrinsic value as well
c. Basic principles of environmental ethics
i. environmental justice
ii. intergenerational justice
iii. respect for nature

Notion of sustainability

a. A new ethics of conservation and stewardship
b. What is sustainable development?

Respect for traditional knowledge


An inconvenient truth / (D. Guggenheim, 2006)

An Inconvenient Truth explores data and predictions regarding climate change, interspersed with personal events from the life of Al Gore. Through a Keynote presentation Gore reviews the scientific evidence for global warming, discusses the politics and economics of global warming, and describes the consequences he believes global climate change will produce if the amount of human-generated greenhouse gases is not significantly reduced in the very near future.

Ethical issues
Anthropocentric environmental ethics -human centred ethics-, Future generations, Respect for nature.