On the whole all environmental controversies involve ethical dilemmas. For example, how can we choose between the need for development and the preservation of natural areas? Should we be prepared to sacrifice some of our daily comforts to allow environmental protection in the future? How should we develop a fair system of greenhouse gas control?
This course unit promotes the debate of moral and ethical principles involving resolutions on environmental controversies and conflicts. It also aims at developing an active and informed citizenship, interested in the implementation of sustainability and responsible towards the environment.
The course begins with concepts inherent in this course: the intrinsic value and future generations.
In an second part by introducing different thought streams on environmental ethics – anthropocentrism, utilitarianism, environmental pragmatism, ethic of virtues in environment, animals not human, biocentrism, land ethic, deep ecology and ecofeminism. Thirth, it will focus on the issues inherent to environmental citizenship, in particular the knowledge of environmental issues and their applicability for environmentally responsible actions.