The Environmental Movement Of The United States Federal Government

2265 Words Oct 30th, 2016 10 Pages
I Introduction

The environmental movement has been underway for some time now with the intent on protecting the environment. Through this movement there has been many different agencies formed in the United States Federal Government to help protect the environment. The values and missions of these agencies are not what they seem and do not protect the environment as one should think they would. They strive more to meet the needs human needs than those of the environment.
When thinking of environmental ethics first one must understand what ethics is. Ethics is the moral way of deciding if an action is wrong or right, good or bad (McShane, 2013) the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ethics as rules of behavior based on ideas about what is morally good and bad (Ethic). The idea of ethics fits into the moral obligations that humans have toward themselves to decide if an action is right or wrong. The reason why we use ethics is due to the fact that not all decisions are oblivious. Ethics also provides a framework that society must adhere in the decision between wrong and right. (Why do we need ethics?)
Two views that are essential to ethics are that of anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric. Anthropocentric mean that humans are the most significant entity of the universe (Anthropocentric). Anthropocentric and non-anthropocentric lie on the three principles of human defense, human preservation, and disproportionality. The first principal, human defense, allows us to defend…

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