Unit 1: Ethics and the Environment
Our ethics and morals provide a basis for how we respond to, and act toward, the world around us. Our peers, society, religion, and those who teach us influence what we consider "right" and "wrong." Historically, we have typically applied the concept of ethical behavior to our interactions with fellow human beings. In recent years, however, we have begun to apply our sense of ethical conduct to the environment and to the idea of sustaining the world in which we live. We are aware of the long history of environmental mismanagement. A growing environmental movement seeks to change attitudes and prevent further degradation. In this unit we explore how we define ethical behavior, take a detailed look at the major branches of ethics, and explore its application to our environment.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 15 hours.