1. Environmental Science . Biodiversity Depletion Habitat destruction Habitat degradation Extinction. Air Pollution Global climate change Stratospheric ozone depletion Urban air pollution Acid deposition Outdoor pollutants Indoor pollutants Noise. 1. Major Environmental Problems.
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From The Science behind the Stories
Natural or correlational ones are often necessary.
Ethics is a discipline that deals with how we value and perceive our environment.
Ethics influence our decisions and actions.
Should the present generation conserve resources for future generations?
Are humans justified in driving other species to extinction?
Is is OK to destroy a forest to create jobs for people?
Is it OK for some communities to be exposed to more pollution than others?
The industrial revolution inspired reaction.
John Muir (right, with President Roosevelt at Yosemite) advocated preserving unspoiled nature, for its own sake and for human fulfillment.
Gifford Pinchot advocated using natural resources, but exploiting them wisely, for the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time.
Aldo Leopold urged people to view themselves as part of nature, and to strive to maintain “the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community.”
Poor people and minorities suffer more than their share of environmental problems, EJ advocates say.
An anthropocentric worldview would consider the impact of an action on… ?
a. Humans only
b. Animals only
c. Plants only
d. All living things
e. All nonliving things
Which ethic holds that people should use resources “for the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest time”?
c. Conservation ethic
d. Deep ecology
Which worldview is closest to your own?
Which statement is FALSE?