The Importance Of Concern For The Environment

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Concern for the environment is an ongoing theme marked with contention over whether or not humans have an ethical or moral obligation to take pro-environmental actions. Theorists, such as Aristippus and his Cyrenaic school argue that the highest good is self-pleasure, and lacking future concern they argue that individuals should take actions to ensure pleasure in the short term. According to the Cyrenaics, there is not an ethical or moral obligation to engage in pro-environmental actions. However, Jeremy Bentham disagrees, arguing that an ethical action is one which promotes the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. Despite the Cyrenaic view, people do have a moral and ethical obligation to take pro-environmental actions. This …show more content…
For example, the Cyrenaics argue that it is moral to pursue your sole and immediate pleasure. In accordance with this egoistic belief, you should refrain from investing in environmentally friendly solar panels due to their large upfront cost and lack of initial benefit. However, solar panels quickly pay themselves off due to a reduction in your overall energy b ill, and although they cost a large portion of money upfront, solar energy lasts forever. In turn, with the most recent update from Statistics Canada reporting an average Canadian life expectancy of 79 years for males, and 83 years for females , an early investment in solar panels would result in tremendous savings. Furthermore, although there is no immediate economic benefit due to the deficit of purchasing solar panels, there is immediate pleasure in knowing that you did something good for the environment and future descendants, and additionally in knowing that you will have a reduced energy bill. Ultimately, depriving future descendants of a clean earth would not only force them to live in a dangerous environment, but would also remove their choices. Additionally, irrespective of Cyrenaic beliefs, investing in environmentally friendly technology such as solar panels is a morally sound action. Aside from the previously listed reasons, there are also others which support the notion of a moral obligation to …show more content…
This is evident due to the negative consequences of poaching, which not only contribute to the extinction of species, but have devastating effects on ecosystems. For example, Tigers are becoming increasingly close to extinction, and because they are apex animals they play a vital role within their ecosystem . Apex animals, such as Tigers are responsible for controlling and regulating animal populations, and if they were to become extinct, then prey animals would dramatically increase in numbers. Herbivores for instance, who influence the rest of the food chain would threaten to exhaust the food supply. Furthermore, should a species become extinct the repercussions of its disappearance may be irreversible. Essentially, poaching results in tremendously detrimental impacts on ecosystems, which not only result in the extinction of animals, but depending on which animal may lead to the uncontrolled reproduction of prey species, and in turn the food supply of an entire ecosystem may be eliminated. However, pro environmental actions such as the protection of endangered species and the aversion of poaching would have the positive consequences of promoting a species survival. It is because of this that poaching by no means results in better consequences than pro environmental action, and therefore there is consequentialist,

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