Environmental Ethical Issues

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Environmental Ethical Issues Datrise D. Boyd April 26, 2010 Soc 120 Professor Brooke Estabrook-Fishinghawk Environmental Ethical Issues Introduction According to Brennan and Lo, environmental ethics is described as the “discipline in philosophy that studies the moral relationship of human beings to, and also the value and moral status of, the environment and its nonhuman contents,” (Brennan and Lo, 2008). The environment is not an unknown issue, and has been a problem for a very long time. The activities of human beings are the cause of natural environment deterioration and extinction of many species, whether it was negligently or intentionally. This is an issue that is continuing to grow but a vast of humans has noticed this problem and is now trying to resolve the issue. While determining what the outcome of our environment is going to be, we need to examine the history, where we are now, and where these solutions in the environment will take us. Our children lives are at stack. History The environmental issue is a very old issue that has been a problem for many years now. To be honest things can become a bit overwhelming for some to understand when we try to explain the effects human beings have on the environment. Santos explains that the environmental issues “date back to the nineteenth century, when trappers, fishermen, and naturalists campaigned against the unrestrained exploitation of American’s pristine environmentals,” (Santos, 1999). Can we really give a date that this became a problem? All we know is that it has been an issue for many years. Most Americans do not realize that pollutants can harm our senses like sight, smell, and even taste. It can also cause health hazards. Research completed by Dr. Ilya Sandra Perlingieri shows that some of the major causes for this crisis include “human-created environmental devastation, at least 60 illegal
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