`` The Carbon Dividend `` Essay

1358 Words Aug 15th, 2014 6 Pages
Imagine walking through an area where you could comfortably breathe the air without worrying about the constant emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Now, imagine only being able to breath in this fresh air because American families wanted more financial support in order to pursue needs of their own. Boyce writes “The Carbon Dividend” in The New York Times in order to convey the concern of “broad anthropocentrism” ideals in American society, but more specifically in Amherst, Massachusetts. He explains “that the government is telling [society] how to live today in the name of those who will live tomorrow” (Boyce 2014). By doing this the government can ensure the protection of the environment while also making sure the community of Amherst is satisfied with the result of “more money in the pocket of American families” (Boyce 2014). Less importantly, it will lead to the emission of “less carbon in the atmosphere” (Boyce 2014). This concept of “broad anthropocentrism” leads observers of both non-human and human nature to question the moral value of non-human nature and whether it would be described as indirectly or directly morally considerable.
Indirectly and directly morally considerable are both ways in which one can describe the importance of nature. Directly morally considerable defines the idea that nature has “some kind of value in and of itself not dependent on its value to anything or anyone else,” (Light & Rolston 2) and indirectly morally considerable…

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