ETHICS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
The field of ethics is mainly concerned with how humans relate to each other in various perspectives such as in their professions. However the field of ecological ethics is a relatively new area that is concerned with how humans relate to the environment. Hence ecological ethics has a more holistic aspect than normal ethics as it incorporates human relation to each other, animals, plants, geographical features, and anything else around them. Ecological ethics is spurred by increasing concerns and awareness on the ecological crisis brought about pollution and global warming.
Ecological ethics should be taken seriously if there is going to any sustainable environmental usage. This is because these ethics give guidelines on what to do with the environment and what not to do with it. One strong point of this field is that it does not single out one part of the environment but instead focuses on the whole environment. This means that an emphasis on ecological ethics ensures that the whole environment is protected from any harm or misuse.
Taking ecological ethics serious is also beneficial in ensuring that a generation is brought up that is aware of the importance of co-existing harmoniously with the environment. This will ensure that environmental conservation is not only an activity done on particular days but a way of life. This would mean that the companies are able to ensure that their operations are not only economically feasible but also environmentally sustainable.
Ecological ethics is necessary to ensure that humans value their environment and not only see it as a source of their livelihood. This way environmental conservation can become integrated in how humans live.