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1 Environmental Science Diane Machado

2 Who is Diane Machado? Background 15 years teaching (but I have had a lot of interesting jobs!) Sports!!!! Behind UCF – Go! Knights! Now, it’s your turn… Tell me your name, occupation, goals,Hobbies, where you live….

3 This course will consider historic and current ethical theories and positions toward environmental issues. Students will reflect on the interaction of values, ethics, perspectives, and responsibilities toward the environment. Students will explore how human activities impact the natural environment in terms of the complex interrelationship among humans, animals, and the natural world.

4 TOPICS AND OBJECTIVES ETHICAL THEORY AND THE ENVIRONMENTETHICAL THEORY AND THE ENVIRONMENT Define terms related to environmental science and ethics. Examine the relationship between environmental science and ethics. RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE ENVIRONMENTRESPONSIBILITIES TO THE ENVIRONMENT Analyze the impact of various perspectives such as the scientific community, economic pressures, aesthetic concerns, and societal interests on environmental issues. Analyze the relationships among humans, animals, and the natural environment. BIOCENTRIC AND ECOCENTRIC PHILOSOPHIES Analyze the principles of biocentric and ecocentric ethics. BIOCENTRIC AND ECOCENTRIC PHILOSOPHIES DEEP ECOLOGYDEEP ECOLOGY Analyze the principles of Deep Ecology. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ECOLOGYENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ECOLOGY Discuss principles of ecofeminism, pluralism, and environmental pragmatism. Explain the relationship among one’s values, ethical perspectives, and perceived responsibilities. Examine environmental issues from various ethical perspectives

5 Nuts and Bolts Keys to Success Communication Syllabus Review Attendance Assignments – Review each one Late work Value of YOUR education

6 Ethics/Values/Morals Create a three column chart on a piece of paper. Column Headings: Ethics/Values/Morals Brainstorm any thoughts about each term GO!

7 Scientific Process Identify the problem Form a hypothesis Procedures to test hypothesis Perform the experiment Collect and record data Write a conclusion

8 Nature Animals Plants Land Us Air Water Power Alternatives Conservation

9 Environmental Ethics Moral relationships between humans and the natural environment. What is the current status of that relationship? Is it different from place to place? Person to person? Group to group?

10 Ethics A pattern of values and beliefs Influence human behavior Evaluating Behavior: –The act –Consequences –Character –Motive

11 Ethical Relativism Who says what is right and wrong? How often do we try to make wthical judgments? Ethical standards derived from: –Culture (Let’s define culture), feelings

12 Natural Law Tradition Aristotle Alive/Not Alive Three Essential Life Activities All have Natural Functions Thomas Aquinas Systemization Christian theology And Aristotle’s science Divine Plan Drives nature Sensation Thinking Nutrition

13 Intrinsic What lies within Instrumental How can it be used? What benefits the largest group? Hedonistic Desire for pleasure

14 Deontological Ethics What should you do? What is your duty? Duty comes from a “higher power” Emmanuel Kant –Duty – to be good and moral, always –Rights - Personal liberty (harmed by majority rule)

15 The Divine in nature Value of Life Social Justice

16 Reminders Review Assignment for week 2 Learning Teams


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