Environmental Ethics

4554 Words Apr 3rd, 2014 19 Pages
Environmental challenges as business opportunity
I. INTRODUCTION “Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed.” - Mahatma Gandhi The above quote rightly points out the role of environment for the mankind and the responsibility we need to shoulder for its sustenance. We've come a long way in recognizing that and now almost every business has a statute of doing something good for the environment as part of their CSR initiative. But companies who think of the environment as a social responsibility and not as an imperative are not going in the right direction. The global climate changes and the gradual scarcity of resources have come to light as major disruptions in the business environment. These challenges
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This view tries to develop people’s value and belief towards environment and manage the way people think. There’s a major difference between the conventional and modern views of Environment ethics in that that attention now swings from the person who wants to preserve the world to the one who wants to interfere with it. Religion and Environment Does religion really influence our attitude towards nature? Well there is ample evidence around us that provides a link between the two. Judeo-Christian traditions have shaped the way the western world thinks about nature. Western Christianity assumed an Anthropocentric view in the sense that they separated humans from nature and encouraged exploitation of nature for the benefit of man. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth”- Book of Genesis, verse 1:26 In contrast, ancient Hindus adopted Biocentrism and felt God’s presence in everything around them, humans and plants and animals alike. They considered the nature around them as a manifestation of the Almighty himself, the Brahmaan. Hence, they felt that in order to please God, they must live in harmony with His creations. The Bhoomi Poojan, for example, is a ritual performed in order to worship Mother Earth and seek forgiveness for violating
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