An ethic of care, based on what I believe in, would be a kind of labour, a practice, a value, and a disposition. The ethic would be to maintain, contain and repair our world (our bodies, ourselves, and our environment) using four steps:
-1 Attentiveness: Being aware of what needs to be done.
-2 A willingness to respond: Wanting to do something about it.
-3 Competence: Working to gain the skills to be able to do something, or already being able to.
-4 Responsiveness: Using your skills to do what needs to be done in order to apply care.
When applying this same ethic to the environment the steps would look something like this:
-1 Learning about environmental problems.
-2 Being willing to respond, valuing the environment.
-3 Training in a skill or learning to become competent enough to help.
-4 Labouring to maintain or repair the environment in response.
In order to create this ethic we would need to become aware of some of the issues regarding the environment and how it could affect our personal ethics. For example, If you believed in utilitarianism you might find that caring for the environment could save many peoples lives, making it a good investment in your time. To take action we would have to learn about how we affect the environment, and should go about treating it like our home. It needs to be repaired and maintained because we live in it.
If we all took these actions and adopted an ethic of care for then environment, we would all be doing our part to help maintain or repair the environment. A few scenarios would be:
-Only shopping for local products with no plastic or non recyclable packaging
-Driving electric or walking/biking
-Voting in environmentally friendly MPs and parties
-Helping clean up garbage/reusing/recycling
The world would start to become free from fossil fuel and plastic-waste, we would see biodiversity come back, and all our power and resources would be clean and sustainable. Some of the only drawbacks I could see would be that people in the oil and plastic industry would have to find new jobs and unfortunately Lego would probably be made of wood.
So, should we adopt an ethic of care towards the environment? I think we should in order to preserve the planet we call home. But not everyone would be inclined to adopt this ethic of care towards the environment because everyone has different ethics that judge what they do and different motivations. So, I feel that to care for the environment the most we all should do what we feel we need to do in order to care for the environment.