The Importance Of Environmental Ethics In High School

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To change the world, an individual will need to start small with the people around them and the perceptions among them. With that, my question is; should high school require students to take an environmental ethics class to graduate? For most, high school is a time were the curriculum is being mastered through the student’s studies, the students in this new curriculum will be challenged to question their anthropocentric mindset. I believe yes, high school should have environmental ethics as a core holism class that each student must take. The criticisms that have been brought to my attention for this question are merit but astonishing. Though respectable I strongly believe that by the school district impetus, students will be able to gain …show more content…
I think that a class where students are required to learn and care about the earth, may open an individual’s mind on how to change some of the problems our environment is facing, while being a citizen in society. I also believe that high school would be a great time for students to take this course because once they have graduated high school most will go to college and begin the studies for their career. If students take the ethics within this class and use it, the world may become cleaner and healthier because more people care and understand the scarcity of losing such existents. By educating the generations that will live and thrive after we are deceased. They will have the knowledge of our earth and its value. Once people start learning what to care about, they will learn how to enact on that care and that will greatly influence how people treat the earth. For example: Before taking this class, most people do not know or understand the environment and why we should value our earth in depth. Having taken this class people are now able to take and environmental issue like dead trees, and create a way to care for that issue like repurposing the dead trees for paper without harming any live trees and without asking the people to stop using paper. Without a callous I think that by having people take this …show more content…
The first thing I did to find criticisms about requiring high school students to take environmental ethics as a core class, was to physically go and ask random people from the town of Wellington, Colorado to see what they thought when I asked the question. Some said that this class and curriculum is a great idea, but others gave some critics. The main critics from the towns people were; “Global Warming is not real. There is no such thing as overpopulation. Telling someone not to have children is unethical. We are not destroying our ocean. We can just get water from the ocean. We don’t need to change.” Then for my second way of research, I found a blog about if there was really such thing as global warming. One response was; “global warming is just another way for the government to fleece you of your money. Global warming is yet to be proven, and yet the government uses it as an excuse to raid our wallets. The argument you should be having is first proving it exists, and then taxing appropriately. The trouble is, it is easy for them to get away with it because there are so many "tree huggers" who believe this. It 's Easter time in the U.K., and it is snowing outside.” (Debate, 2016). Regretably our society lacks communication with the people about harsh topics until the issue is visible and confronted. Another criticism was; “There is such thing, but it is not caused by people! Sure, we could speed it up a little

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