Ethic of Care and Environment Ethic

1. How do you personally define an ethic of care?

I personally define an ethic of care as opposition to justice, a kind of labour and a particular relationship. It is a practice, value, disposition, or virtue. I also think care as an emotional state, activity, or both, that is functional, and specifically involves ”the meeting of needs of one person by another where face-to-face interaction between carer and cared for.

2. What would be needed to create an ethic of care?

I think experiences and participation would be needed in order to create an ethic of care. It is hard for people to believe or worried about something if they did not affect their personal life. We need to participate in something in order to fully understand the “full story”.

3. What would we have to believe about the environment to care for it? How should we see it?

We would have to believe in opening our mind is essential in order to learn and accept new information; And to know and learn about the truth of what is really going on in our environment, we need to figure out and bypass all the illusions and myths that others are trying to brainwash you.

4. How would we act if we cared about the environment? – give scenarios

We would be more kind and concern about the environment, which means that we would act more aggressively to make our lifestyle more sustainable. For example, if you feel guilty and terrible about turtle dying from eating plastic. You would prevent using plastic straws and bottled water as much as you can to avoid them end up going into the ocean killing many animals.

5. What would be different about the world if everyone adopted this ethic of care towards the environment? Benefits and drawbacks?

If everyone adopted this ethic of care towards the environment, the environment would be a lot healthier than now. The benefit of that would be saving many species of animals from going extinct which we can use to study them to further understand our environment and potentially advance the development of the human race. The drawbacks would be our technological development might not advance as much as now. It is because the major source of metals that electronics need is from mining. However, mining activities would be very strictly prohibited in a world that focuses on the environment.

6. Should we adopt an ethic of care towards the environment?

Yes, we should adopt an ethic of care towards the environment, but also have a balance between taking care of the nature and other elements of nature, like our mind and inner self. For example, if we go back to our ancient lifestyle for the benefits of our environment, mankind would never improve from a technological standpoint. We need the sacrifice something in order to gain something, but we need to make sure the sacrifices are worth the outcomes.

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  1. Excellent point, experiences create a relationship and participation would be providing care. These are important to an ethic of care towards the environment.
    Yes, a lot of people bring up the development issue if we cared about the environment. But it might be useful to assess how we define development. If we are polluting the air to create the technology to make our own lives more efficient, is that truly development? Maybe we need to redefine our standards of what development means. The UN has a broader definition of development in its sustainability goals. It’s more than just technology. Look it up if you have time.

    Good job here. Thanks for your thoughts.

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