Topic: dimensions of ethics;
7. Environmental ethics seeks to foster a sense of responsibility, stewardship, and reverence for the natural world. It encourages ethical decision-making that considers the long-term well-being of the environment and its inhabitants, both human and non-human. Elaborate. (150 words)
Difficulty level: Moderate.
Why the question:
The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.
Key Demand of the question:
To explain environmental ethics and how it has become an important dimension of ethics in the twenty first century.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the context. You must be defining key terms wherever appropriate and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
Start by describing the anthropocentric nature of the discourse of ethics. Only recently the focus has shifted to environmental ethics.
Mention the implications of neglect of the environment, varied cultural beliefs surrounding it, the western ideology that environment is for human disposal without regard to the future generations, concept of sustainable development, associating rights of environment to preservation etc.
Conclude by saying that environmental ethics is more relevant now than ever in the context of climate change.