The Ethics Of Environmental Ethics

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The writings for the week covered different approaches to what environmental ethics is and how it is obtained. Different approaches in the value in environmental ethics are found due to the different approaches. In terms of value one must find what value means to them and how they measure it.
Dobel and Frendel came to the approach that religion is a basis of environmental ethics. This is due to the fact that roots of both Christianity and Judaism discussing the need to care for the earth in some way. Frendel states that God’s statement to Adam in the Garden of Eden was to work and watch over it (Freundel) Other Western religious writings express that man has dominion over the fish, birds, cattle, and creepy things of earth. Many people, such as Lynn White Jr., take these writings as the source of the environmental crisis that is upon us today. While there are a many writings that are similar to the one above there are also ones that support the earth such as I Tim. 4:4 which states that God created the world in love and freedom and valued it as good thus all creatures shall share in its goodness. (Dobel, 1977)
Shue doesn’t go as far as describing what is environmental ethic but as what is fair and equal to the rich and the poor. He discusses three principles that can lead to fair and equitable actions across the board. The three principles are fundamental fairness and acceptable inequality, unequal burden, and guaranteed minimum. Each one of the principles provides lead to

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