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UNIT 17:

PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT, THE BIOSPHERE AND BIODIVERSITY

 

OUTLINE OF THE SYLLABUS

1. Ethics and the environment: views of nature

a. The relation of bioethics and environmental issues
b. Background

2. Ethical perspectives

a. Anthropocentric environmental ethics: human centred ethics
b. Non-anthropocentric environmental ethics
   i. Biocentric: other living organisms have intrinsic value
   ii. Ecocentric: ecosystems have intrinsic value as well
c. Basic principles of environmental ethics
   i. environmental justice
   ii. intergenerational justice
   iii. respect for nature

3. Notion of sustainability

a. A new ethics of conservation and stewardship
b. What is sustainable development?

4. Respect for traditional knowledge

 
   
 
FILM: An inconvenient truth / (D. Guggenheim, 2006)

Synopsis
An Inconvenient Truth explores data and predictions regarding climate change, interspersed with personal events from the life of Al Gore. Through a Keynote presentation Gore reviews the scientific evidence for global warming, discusses the politics and economics of global warming, and describes the consequences he believes global climate change will produce if the amount of human-generated greenhouse gases is not significantly reduced in the very near future.

 
 
 
FILM: The china syndrome / (J. Bridges, 1979)

Synopsis
While doing a series of reports on alternative energy sources, an opportunistic reporter Kimberly Wells witnesses an accident at a nuclear power plant. Wells is determined to publicise the incident but soon finds herself entangled in a sinister conspiracy to keep the full impact of the incident a secret.