Environmental Ethics

Importance of Mining One of the Largest Commercial Jobs

Mining is one of the largest commercial jobs. The word mining doesn t sound very important to ordinary peoples who doesn t know geology. After I read this book, I knew our culture need industrial minerals more than they need anything else except food, but even food could not be produced without minerals. There are only a few of the world s five billion people who don t rely on mineral everyday. Unfortunately, there is many factors concerning these industrial activities. Will it make profit or i…


A Review of An Early Energy Crisis and Its Consequences, an Article by John U. Nef

In the article An Early Energy Crisis and Its Consequences, written by John U. Nef, it informs how Britain has adopted a new source of fuel, as the supply of wood ran out during the 16th century. But as there was an argument against switching the current fuel to coal due to the CO2 released by wood as it burns the equal amount taken up by the tree as it grows, meaning over the lifetime of the tree there is no change in the atmospheric carbon dioxide. However, with the wood crisis there has been…


A Response to Jim Robbins' Article In New Ozone Alert, a Warming of Harm to Plants and to People

The article I read for this week is named In New Ozone Alert, A Warning of Harm to Plants and to People and is written by Jim Robbins. The article talks about the research conducted by a man named Jack Fisherman, a professor of meteorology at St. Louis university and a researcher of ground-level ozone at NASA. While at NASA, Fisherman started studying the effects of ground-level ozone on the health of humans and plants and has been warning people of its effects since the 1980's. Ozone is to…


The Massive Industry's Influence on Environment as Described by Leonard and McKibben

Currently our world is plagued by the effects of our massive industry, with overseas exploitation, fueled by overconsumption causing an unsustainable environmental disaster. According to “The Story of Stuff", by Annie Leonard, In the past three decades, one-third of the planets natural resources have been consumed, in the US alone we have less than 4% of our original forests left. The US has 5% of the world's population but consumes 30% of the world's resources, and creates 3…


A Research on Silent Spring, a Book by Rachel Carson

It has been 50 years since Rachael Carson's Silent Spring was first published in 1962. Kick starting the environmental movement, Silent Spring awoke a completely different approach to science, and today people worldwide sing Carson's praises. It was her unprecedented ability to "hit home” with readers that paved the way, as her content proved to be both practical and applicable. It was her figurative writing and literary flair that evoked one's protective emotions, causin…


A Report on Aldo Leopold, Michael Soule and the Problems of our Land

While wading through the reserved reading in the library, I came across the article, "The Land Ethic", which caught my eye, as well as sparked an interest deep within me. It revealed the idea that we, as humans, tend to be quite caught up in the idea of community; community between neighbors, co-workers, etc. seems to be something we strive for in our society. It seems that we have not integrated the land into our idea of community, and I feel that this is a serious problem that if no…


A Reflection of the Book Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

The book Silent Spring, written by Rachel Carson, is considered to be the forefront of the modern day environmentalist movement. In the book, she highlights the many interactions between humans and the outside, natural world, and describes the consequences of these interactions. On page 51, she explains that "in nature, nothing exists alone.” This in and of itself describes her view of ecology. It reminds me of Newton's Third Law, where "every action has an equal and opposit…


A Reading Analysis of Michael Pollan's Environmental Book Why Bother

From the first sentence, Why Bother by Michael Pollan has an emotional tone. Throughout the several reading analyses completed in this class, a common theme throughout is a strong introductory paragraph to grab the attention of the reader. This tactic is used to draw readers in, probably because the majority of these pieces were originally featured in magazines and newspaper so an attention grabber is necessary. Because this selection is modeled around a Toulmin style argument, there is on…


A Preservationist Viewpoint in A Sand Country Almanac, a Book by Aldo Leopold

Everyone in life is able to hold their own personal views of the world. The book "A Sand Country Almanac" by Aldo Leopold holds a strong preservationist viewpoint. Leopold advocates the protection of natural areas, historical sites, and endangered species. This view is different from a conservationists'. A conservationist wants the world to be left alone and be the way it used to be years ago. My personal conservation ethic is ambivalent between the two. I believe that the world i…


A Look at the History and Formation of the Greenpeace Environmental Organization

Greenpeace is an environmental organization with 2.5 million supporters. It was founded in 1971. You may ask, Exactly what is greenpeace? Greenpeace is committed to protecting the global environment and it works in more than 30 countries. They are independent yet they do believe in working with industry, government, and organizations to find environmental solutions. They spend most of their time lobbying decision-makers, conducting scientific studies and researching international best practice …


A Literary Analysis of Thinking Like a Mountain by Aldo Leopold

In Thinking Like a Mountain, the author, Aldo Leopold, writes of the importance of wildlife preservation through examples of the symbiotic relationship of animals and plant-life with a mountain. He asks the reader to perceive the processes of a mountainous environment in an unusual way. Aldo Leopold wants the reader to "think” like a mountain instead of thinking of only the immediate, or as the hunter did. Taking away one feature of an ecosystem may eventually destroy everything else…


A Literary Analysis of Book "Silent Spring"

Most pesticides are manufactured compounds that are designed to kill specific pests, such as weeds and insects. Many pesticides have the potential to harm non-target organisms, especially if the organisms are exposed to high levels or for a long period of time. In the early 1960s, Rachel Carson's widely publicized book "Silent Spring" described the ecological impacts of DDT and other pesticides. Concerns about the unintended effects of pesticides continue to this day, and evaluati…


Analysis of a Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

Although Leopold's love of great expanses of wilderness is readily apparent, his book does not cry out in defense of particular tracts of land about to go under the axe or plow, but rather deals with the minutiae, the details, of often unnoticed plants and animals, all the little things that, in our ignorance, we have left out of our managed acreages but which must be present to add up to balanced ecosystems and a sense of quality and wholeness in the landscape. Part I of A Sand County A…


A Discussion on the Relation Between Campuses and the Demand for Plastic Products

In this essay, plastic and ways to make college campuses less plastic orientated are discussed. First off, college campuses bring in a lot of people to a town or city, therefore, creating more demand for plastic products. College campuses typically have fast food places, which students use and buy plastic products from which are typically thrown away. Today, Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year; but only 6.5 percent of it is recycled and 7.7 percent is combusted in was…


A Comparison of the Documentaries a Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash and the Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight

The world today has fallen victim to an illusion of the golden age, however given some time, our perception of the world will collapse. Our population is exponentially increasing but our resources are aggressively diminishing. How will we be able to provide for the world in the future when we are unable to provide for the world now? The documentary, A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash foretells a world without oil.  The documentary shows that once our oil reserves deplete, our global economy …


A Discussion on the Need of Making the World a Greener Place

                         There is a great urgency all over the world for engineers of the future to develop the world with great consideration of our planet’s carrying capacity. Being an engineering major I have a responsibility to contribute for the creation of not only a developed but a green and a healthy place to live in. The dependency of even the world’s larg…


A Discussion on the Harmful Effects of Resource Extraction on the Climate

Our society and world runs on resources, especially of the nonrenewable variety. Each and every day throughout the world we have millions of cars running on fossil fuels, coal powering our electric grids, and precious stones such as diamonds being sold for thousands of dollars. While there's no doubt these resources contribute to our global economy, there are also some major externalities by extracting said resources. We can see the harmful effects of natural resource extraction through its…


A Discussion on the Ethical Implications of Human Interactions With the Environment

In discussing the ethical implications of human interactions with the environment, as well as production and marketing issues stemming from such activities, our group overwhelmingly recognized the importance of these topics in a context that considered the planet, and not simply humanity, as the quintessential stakeholder tied to the continued existence and prosperity of nature and its resources. Similarly, our group reasoned, for organizations in the here-and-now, managers must be cognizant of…


A Comprehensive Analysis of the Overpopulation Social Problems

Introduction The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how overpopulation causes social problems. To do so you must take many things into consideration, such as different views of racial problems and conflicting definitions of a social problem. Social problems can be defined in many different ways. They effect everyone and some of us encounter problems everyday as a result of our race, religion, gender, or low income. Others experience problems from technological change or declining neighb…


A Comprehensive Analysis of the Future of Life, a Book by Edward O. Wilson

Edward O. Wilson is a Biologist and considered the world's leading authority on ants. However, in his book The Future of Life, we see that he is one of the world leading conservationists and a naturalist. This book is meant as a warning to the humans to stop destroying our world. If we don't clean up our act then a very bleak future might await us. Although Wilson doesn't go into the gruesome details of this future he explains that we are the problem. He goes to great lengths to …


A Comparison of the Approaches of Tavares Strachan and Tue Greenfort to Environmental Issues

The twenty-first century is a popular era for conceptual art in response to global issues. Environmental art has brought effects of change by introducing natural and technological solutions to degradation and human activities hazardous to life on Earth. Two projects featured in To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet by Linda Weintraub function mainly to display visual models of the damaging effects that the economy and industry has cause. Artist Tue Greenfort and his artwork Exceed…


Environmental Ethics

Anthropocentric is a human based point of view about ethical standing and they value nature and its resources by advocating for its preservation because it enhances their spirit. Non-anthropocentric refers to the framings about ecocentrism and biocentrism among other outlines. Both anthropocentric and no-anthropocentric have been criticized if they offer proper means for protecting the environments (Keller, 2011). A specific argument of anthropocentric argument must be paid attention to, like t…