Examples Of Ecofeminism And Environmental Ethics

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Ecofeminism as an environmental issue.

Environmental ethics are based on moral relations that hold between human and the natural world (Paul, 1986). In environmental ethics people are extending the ethics to the environment by the exercise of self–restraint (Roderick, 1989). The ethical principles that governs the relations of humans and nature determine human duties, obligations and responsibilities with regard to the Earth’s natural environment and all the animals and plants that inhabit the nature (Paul, 1986). Environmental ethics has evolved to the point where many scientists believe they have a major responsibility to help society deal with the human predicament (Paul 2002). Most of the environmental ethics are through anthropocentrism.
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Ecofeminism is also referred to as a theory which makes the links between the oppression of women and the oppression of nature in patriarchal culture; an ethical position informed by ecofeminist thought and activism is one which resists these oppressions (Constance et al, 1996). Early ecofeminist analyses of the causes and solutions for environmental ethics were based on the idea of a feminine principle of care that was thought as a foundation for a sustainable livelihood (David, 2003). The approach of feminine principle later became the object of internal critique, the critique included the development of feminist principles that criticized the meanings of feminine, masculine, nature and culture (David, 2003). According to this latter, critical approach, ecofeminism could no longer be defined as a community of women rather the community of people who participate in critical ecofeminist analyses of the global environmental situation (David, 2003). Many different interpretations of ecofeminism exist, each rooted in a particular intersection of race, class, geography and conceptual orientation (Constance et al, 1996). This diversity also reflects the multiple points from which ecofeminists have entered the movement (Constance et al, 1996).These include both academic and activist involvement in animal liberation, environmentalism, international development, peace activism, biotechnology, and genetic engineering (Constance et al, 1996). A strong influence in ecofeminism has been deep ecology, primarily academic movement which posits anthropocentrism as the root cause of the environmental crisis (Constance et al, 1996). The pervasive belief that nature is solely a resource for
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