• Unit 2: Environmental Ethics Approaches and World Views

    In this unit, we discuss some major approaches to environmental ethics and how they seek to balance human prosperity and environmental sustainability. We explore a spectrum of views from utilitarian conservation (the value of our natural resources for human consumption) through biocentric preservation (how to protect nature because all life deserves respect). We also explore the Gaia hypothesis and how self-regulation of the earth's climate may impact the world around us. We examine several different religious views toward our environment and how they have developed throughout history.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 14 hours.

    • 2.1: Introduction to Environmental Ethics and Approaches

    • 2.2: Utilitarian Conservation and Biocentric Preservation

    • 2.3: Religious Views of the Environment

    • Unit 2 Assessment