How to Make Sure Your Supply Chain is Up-To-Date with Ethical Standards

Ethical audits are a way for companies to evaluate how ethical the suppliers within their supply chain are. Many businesses are blind – or intentionally turn a blind eye – to the ethical standards of their suppliers. However, to operate as a modern, ethical company that lives up to the standards of your consumers, you’ll need to fully evaluate all of your suppliers.  

Ethical audits are designed to keep your suppliers, production processes, and business operations in-check. This involves an initial audit, adjustments where needed, and staying on top of the legislative changes in your industry.

How can you stay ahead of the curve?

What is an Ethical Audit?

Ethical audits are an extensive review and evaluation of your supplier (usually conducted by a third party but can be done in-house). The main points that are usually evaluate include:

  • Treatment of employees
  • Compliance with labor laws
  • Working conditions
  • Etc.

As you know from reading other posts on this site that explore the meaning behind what is ethical, “ethics” is a very complex term. Many different people, businesses, and cultures define what is “ethical” differently.

The Ethical Dilemma

On one hand, you have labor ethics that are clearly defined by a governing body (can be local, international, or other). These would include ethical standards for things like:

  • How long a work day is
  • How much pay is fair
  • What type of working conditions are acceptable

These legal ethics are fairly straightforward and are most often where a company starts when seeking to make sure their suppliers are following the applicable ethical standards (depending on where they are operating).

On the other hand, there are cultural ethics which are not always reflected in governing laws. For example, while the legal minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 per hour, your consumers may believe a fair minimum wage is closer to $15.00 per hour.

How do you decide what is ethical?

This is up to you and your business. Most businesses take the legal ethics as their baseline, then evaluate and build on top of that. There are international standards set by organizations like amfori BSCI which sets recommendations for how businesses should manage their supply chains to conform with the SDGs – UN Sustainable Development Goals.

You can use a combination of local, international, and your own ethics standards to create a checklist by which you’ll hold your suppliers accountable.

What is an Ethical Audit Checklist?

Your ethical audit checklist, as the title suggests, can be used by your supplier for internal review, your own auditors external to the supplier, or a third party auditor for a more objective evaluation.

You may start with a simple and broad checklist, but to properly evaluate each of your suppliers, each will need a checklist that is specified to be appropriate each supplier.

If you hire a company for a third party ethical audit, they should have knowledge about your industry and can help you put together the most affective checklist. They should also be able to provide you with a final report and a corrective action plan if warranted.

Where To Start?

You may feel overwhelmed if you’re starting to tackle this challenge and you have various suppliers in several different countries. We recommend starting small, learning as you go, getting help where needed, and not being too critical on yourself during the process. Here are some tips to help you get started and gain some momentum, so you don’t throw your hands up at a challenge that feels to big to tackle:

  • Start with Proximate Suppliers – start with the suppliers that are geographically closest to your business and most immediate to your final products. You can then branch out to deeper levels of your supply chain.  
  • Start with Small Suppliers – the smaller the supplier the smaller the footprint you’ll need to cover when it comes to ethical practices, which makes building your checklist easier. This will also give you a starting foundation you can build upon for larger, more complex suppliers.
  • Clarify Your Objectives – make sure you’re clear on why you are embarking on this transition to an ethical supply chain. This should be the basis for your actions and should help keep your eye on the prize. You may also find it helpful to set some simple benchmarks like number of suppliers audited by a certain date and number of suppliers meeting ethical standards by a date further out.

What Is Environmental Responsibility?

It might seem like a daunting task to take responsibility for the environment – one that shouldn’t be a priority. When it comes to preserving the environment, there are several things that we can do to help save it. 

Here, you will learn how to become environmentally responsible, who should be held accountable, and why keeping the Earth, which gives us oxygen, in good condition is so vital.

What Is Environmental Responsibility? 

Environmental Responsibility is taking action that can help save the environment. This ideology includes preventing pollution, using resources sustainably, protecting the environment, restoring natural habitats, and ensuring a planet for future generations. 

In other words, as human beings, it is our responsibility to look after nature and all creatures that live in our environment. If we do not preserve and conserve all ecosystems, we will be able to survive. 

With that in mind, we cannot take on the world in one day. If everyone had to do something small such as turning off lights that are not in use, conserve electricity, and use water sparingly, we would pave ourselves and future generations a path to environmental success. 

The Four Levels Of Environmental Responsibility

There are four different levels of environmental responsibility. Each level plays a role in conserving the environment and ensuring human health and safety. They are: 

Individual responsibility 

As an individual, you make daily choices that can affect the environment positively or negatively. It is essential that you try your best to preserve our natural resources as much as possible. No action is too big or too small. Every little thing we do, like recycling paper, can help the greater picture in the end. 

You can recycle, reduce water use, educate yourself on better ways to help conserve the environment. 

Community responsibility

Community leaders can influence resistance in an area. The leaders can make an impact on how the community treats the environment around them. 

They can help reduce waste by implementing recycling programs for the area, help water conservation and create green community projects. A green community project is when a community gets together and makes compost programs, beautification projects, and veggie gardens. 

Industry responsibility 

It is its responsibility to ensure that its business operates with environmental protection in mind as a company. It is a mentality whereby a business manages their resources responsibility, ensuring that they meet environmental standards as well as function as ‘green’ as possible. 

Government responsibility 

The government can create laws and legislation that ensures the environment is preserved for generations to come. Without the government saying that we need to be aware of natural resources and the environment, people would not be held responsible for their actions that can cause devastation to their area. 

Why is it important 

Protecting our environment is essential. Ktvn states that “Our environment is what houses and helps our ecosystem grow and thrive.” We need the environment to help us grow. Trees provide oxygen which we need to stay alive. Without healthy soil, crops won’t grow. In other words, we won’t have access to fresh, organic fruit and vegetables. 

Animals, plants, and crops will not thrive if we do not protect the environment the way we are supposed to. Some have argued that it is our moral obligation to make sure that we protect the earth that we live on. If we do not, our species and hundreds of others will not be able to live. We will be extinct like other species before us. 

Who Is Responsible For The Environment? 

In America, there is an organization known as, EPA. They are the governing board that is responsible for ensuring human health, as well as the environment, is well looked after and protected. EPA has laws in place that help ensure that people conserve the environment. 

Even though it is their job to look after the environment and human health, it is also the responsibility of humankind to look after the environment. If we all take a minute to reflect on how we act towards the environment, we will be able to do our part in protecting it. 

We should remember the state of the earth when we were born and how it is today. Do we want to leave something worse or better for our children and grandchildren? Our actions towards the environment will show the choices that we made for future generations. 

“Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the Earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.” – Evo Morales.

What Is Our Moral Responsibility To Protect The Environment?

It is our moral responsibility to protect the environment. We must ensure the continuation of life on earth. Humans can argue that we have the knowledge and moral values to know right from wrong. With that said, we need to be responsible for our actions towards the environment. 

Humans can use logic to ensure that we make the right decisions when it comes to the environment. Without humans being accountable for how they treat the environment and all ecosystems, our world would cease to exist in the future. 

Morally, we should all take a stand and help save the environment that we have known to love. If we all use what we need and no more, there is enough for everyone, but if we get greedy, we will learn that natural resources will run out one day, and we will all suffer the consequences. 

Final Thoughts 

If we all show respect to the environment and all ecosystems, we will live a cleaner and long-lasting life. Small steps taken by everyone will make a significant impact on the environment positively. 

“To waste, to destroy our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed.” ― Theodore Roosevelt.

What Is Corporate Environmental Responsibility?

Understanding the concept of corporate environmental responsibility and making an impact on the environment 

Corporate Environmental Responsibility has an aim to make humans more aware of the environmental impacts our companies and actions have on our carbon footprint. 

Nowadays, people look at a company as a whole. It is no longer just about a product. They now look at animal testing, organic produce, and packaging that can be recycled to help maintain a healthy planet for generations to come.

We are going to look at the importance of Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) and how we can make a change for the good. 

What Is Corporate Environmental Responsibility?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, It is the duty that a company has to operate in a way that protects the environment. Did you know that many investors will evaluate a company’s environmental responsibility before they invest any money into the business? 

In other words, environmental responsibility is making sure that you use resources wisely, use cost-effective packaging, and yet help to reduce waste at the same time. You might need to invest more time into your business. Become more aware of certain things like turning lights off in offices that are not in use or asking employees to bring their own coffee mugs to the office so that you can get rid of disposable cups. 

Small actions will not only help you save the environment but will also show investors that you take responsibility for your actions when it comes to preserving the environment for years to come. 

Why Is It So Important?

In corporate environmental responsibility, the goal is to make humans more aware of their environmental impact and counteract their pollution and carbon footprint on our natural resources. Reducing carbon footprints and emissions is one of the main goals. 

By ensuring the environmental responsibility of your business, you teach future generations that successful businesses can be built without causing environmental damage. 

The more environmentally responsible we are, the more we are giving back to future generations as well as to the ones that came before. Isn’t it frightening to think that, if we did not take care of the environment, children won’t be able to appreciate the wildlife we have come to love and know? The children will study wildlife through textbooks and old videos. 

Benefits of Corporate Environmental Responsibility 

Not only is it important for you to be aware of the environment, but there are also benefits for your business as well. 

Firstly, CER can prove to be more profitable for companies because the business can extend its survivability in markets. This is because people are becoming more aware of these topics and supporting environmentally friendly companies is in demand. 

You will also save money by changing some old habits that cause your carbon footprint to go up such as leaving lights on for no reason, using an unnecessary amount of water, and so on. 

Who Should Be Responsible For Protecting The Environment?

Since 1970, The Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) has been fighting to protect the nation’s natural resources. They do not do this on their own. EPA has partnerships with state and local government, as well as other environmental groups, and businesses to help protect the environment as much as they can. 

Despite the fact that protecting the environment is their duty, it is also a noble goal we should all strive to achieve. We all live on the same planet, we use natural resources that help our businesses grow, puts food on our tables, and allows us to buy everything that we want and need. 

It has been said that it is our moral responsibility for the continuation of life on earth. Humans use their logic to make decisions that can either harm or protect the environment. End of the day, we all need to be responsible for our own piece of the environment. We can all do our part to preserve the environment for generations to come if we work a little harder together.   

The Principles Regarding environmental Responsibility For Your Company 

Sustainable development 

By respecting the environment, you can make rational use of natural resources. In other words, not using extra electricity will not only pollute the air but will also send your electricity bill through the roof. Thus, not only will you be protecting the environment, but you will also be maintaining your economic growth. 

You make decisions for your business that will not only help your business grow but will also ensure that you do it sustainably. This will help ensure that your products and business will be able to develop for the foreseeable future because you are being careful. Consumers tend to trust a business more if they are environmentally conscious. 

Ensure waste is stored safely and correctly 

This might seem like a logical and simple principle but it is very important. By ensuring that all your waste is stored or thrown away correctly, you will be making a difference to the environment. 

You can place recycle bins outside your office so that your employees can dispose of their waste correctly. You also need to make sure that medical waste and or other waste is stored correctly to avoid further contamination to their earth’s surface. 

How Can Your Business Become Environmentally Responsible? 

There are a few small things that you can do to help become environmentally responsible. Some things that you can do are:

  • Turn off lights that are not needed
  • Collect rainwater so that you can water your plants at the office 
  • Recycle your plastics, glass, and paper. This will reduce waste and help the environment 
  • Use reusable straws, coffee cups, and shopping bags so that there is less plastic going into the oceans and on the ground
  • Where possible, place documents on Cloud storage to help reduce the amount of paper your business uses
  • Create packaging that is recyclable or made from recyclable materials

Conclusion 

Research has shown that 54% of American businesses have formal green programs in place.  Founder of Green Buoy Consulting, Eliza Erskine said, “Sustainability has become a priority for businesses.” 

People have begun to realize that if companies are not green, they will not survive the new paradigm. Environmental conservation is of increasing importance to consumers. You will not only help the environment by becoming environmentally responsible, but you will also boost consumer confidence in your company as well.  

What Is Individual Environmental Responsibility?

Understanding an individual’s environmental responsibility and how we can become more environmentally responsible for generations to come 

Whenever you take a deep breath of fresh air, do you ever think of how magnificent nature truly is? As humans, are we aware that it is our responsibility to take care of nature and its natural resources so that our ecosystems may thrive and grow? 

We will examine individual environmental responsibility today, and why changing our actions is crucial to protecting the environment.  

What Is Individual Environmental Responsibility?

By definition, individual environmental responsibility is to respect the environment, making rational use of natural resources, and taking steps to prevent pollution from the different processes involved in our industrial operations. 

In other words, it is our duty to ensure that we respect nature and ensure that we use natural resources responsibly. We need to look out for other living organisms that form part of our biosphere because, without any of them, our world would not exist. 

It is important for each of us to be aware of how we use natural resources and if there are ways to reduce unnecessary use. Regarding pollution, we need to be mindful of what we emit into the air. Instead of hopping in the car and driving 5 blocks down the street, choose to walk or ride a bike. The reduction of harmful gases in the air will result from this. 

How Are We As Individuals Responsible For The Environment?

On our own, we make choices and decisions about our own activities, and inevitably, they do revolve around resource consumption. In everyday life, we have so many choices that we don’t often think about. How long does it take to take a shower? Do you turn off the tap whilst lathering your hands with soap? Do you recycle or simply throw trash away? All of these choices add up to the ultimate decision of how we are going to treat our natural resources and environment for the day. 

We are responsible for thinking about the impact on the environment as well as, minimizing the damage that we cause to the planet when possible. 

Professor Anders Levermann of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, once said, “Personal sacrifice alone cannot be the solution to tackling the climate crisis. There’s no other area in which the individual is held so responsible for what’s going wrong. And it’s true: people drive too much, eat too much meat, and fly too often. But reaching zero emissions requires very fundamental changes. Individual sacrifice alone will not bring us to zero. It can be achieved only by real structural change; by a new industrial revolution. Looking for solutions to the climate crisis in individual responsibilities and actions risks obstructing this. It suggests that all we have to do is pull ourselves together over the next 30 years and save energy, walk, skip holidays abroad, and simply ‘do without.’ But these demands for individual action paralyze people, thereby preventing the large-scale change we so urgently need.”

Why Is It Important To Be Environmentally Responsible?

Environmental responsibility is vital for human beings to observe. It is the responsibility of all human beings because we are all part of the biosphere. We should make it our goal to ensure that we are responsible and held accountable for our actions towards the environment and how we use natural resources. 

If we are not responsible, the earth will cease to exist the way it was meant to. Our survival depends on having people who are concerned about the environment. We will be able to grow and thrive on the earth if we conserve natural resources and replenish what we can. By doing so, we will be able to utilize these resources for a long time to come. 

This way of thinking is the only way that future generations can contribute to Earth’s unwritten history. 

How Can An Individual Be Environmentally Responsible?

There are several different ways in which you can become more environmentally responsible in your everyday life. 

  1. Reduce waste
    Reduce, reuse, recycle. When possible follow these three Rs so that you can help reduce the amount of waste that gets placed into oceans and on land sites that cause harm to the environment as well as to animals and creatures. 
  2. Conserve energy
    Turn off all lights and computers and other appliances that are not in use. If you are not using it, it should not be turned on or plugged in. 
  3. Conserve water
    Make sure that you only run your dishwasher when it is full, do not spend hours in the shower, repair leaky faucets and collect rainwater to water your plants and garden when possible. 
  4. Properly dispose of items
    Make use of household hazardous waste services, recycle your items and donate items to charities in your area. 
  5. Get involved
    Do some research and see if you have environmental clubs around your area. Alternatively, you and some friends can start your own. You can meet up once a month or so and go around and clean up your area, local parks or start a compost heap that you can all share. 
  6. Educate
    Lastly, the best thing that you can do is educate yourself and others on how to become more environmentally responsible. You do not have to do anything drastic but each positive action towards the environment will help the earth in the long run. 

Final Thoughts 

Professor Lester Milbrath, may his soul rest in peace, often said, “Learning how to reason together about values is crucial to saving our species. As a society we have to learn better how to learn, I call it social learning; it is the dynamic for change that could lead us to a new kind of society that will not destroy itself from its own excess.”

It is impossible to change the world as an individual. In order to change the environment, we must change our attitude. It is possible to have a positive impact on our small piece of land if we become more conscious of our actions and do our best to recycle, reuse, and conserve as much as we possibly can. Eventually, we will all learn how to be more responsible for the environment, which must occur in order for our future to be healthier and more sustainable. 

What Is The Importance Of Environmental Ethics?

Understanding the importance of Environmental ethics and the role it plays in society  

You might be wondering, why is environmental ethics so important? At the end of the day, nature has no feelings and other ecosystems are inferior to mankind. So why should we care in the first place?

Today, we will discuss why Environmental ethics is so important and why we need to be aware of how our actions can affect every living organism on this earth. 

What Are The Key Points of Environmental Ethics?

There are three basic principles/key points of environmental ethics

  1. Justice and sustainability
  2. Sufficiency and compassion 
  3. Solidarity and participation 

These three basic key points allow a person to live a life that contains environmental ethics. The main aim is to ensure that all living creatures on this earth, including nature, are treated fairly and with compassion. It is a way that allows a person to stand up for the living organisms on this earth that are unable to speak for themselves. 

The idea is that we should live an environmentally ethically correct life together. Everyone who can follow the three basic principles will be able to ensure that all ecosystems on the planet will be treated with respect, will be able to thrive as well as be sustained for generations to come. 

What Is The Importance Of Environmental Ethics?

Environmental ethics revolves around making human communities as well as ecosystems better. It prioritizes the importance of preserving and protecting resources for all kinds in the present as well as the future. 

This is a philosophical approach that values the human/nonhuman dynamics in nature. It notices how humans and the environment have an ongoing relationship with one another that needs to be cherished and looked after. 

Just like the earth gives humans resources to sustain themselves, humans need to help give back resources to nature and other ecosystems to help them sustain themselves as well. Without each other, the ecosystems of any species would not be able to survive and thrive in the way that they were intended to do. 

What Is The Role Of Environmental Ethics In Society?

According to Conserve Energy, environmental ethics are a key feature of environmental studies. It helps to establish a relationship between humans and the earth. With these ethics in place, you can be assured that you are doing your part to keep the environment safe and protected. 

No matter how big or small an ecosystem might be, without each ecosystem, the earth would not function the way that it should be. We need to get a better understanding that we all have a part to play on this earth and without each other, a link in the chain will be missing. 

Human beings are more intelligent than other beings so it is believed that as a society, we must preserve as much as possible so that future generations can have a world that was sustained and grown with them in mind. 

Conclusion 

Environmental Ethics helps human beings realize that there is more to life than themselves. It helps people become accountable for their actions. If all we do is use resources and mistreat other living organisms, life as we know it would not be the lifestyle we have come to know and love. 

To learn more about Environmental Ethics and the role it plays in society, feel free to read this article( link to the main article) 

What Is The EPA Responsible For?

How does the EPA ensure that our environment is safe as well as the health of humans?

Did you know that the United States has one of the safest and most reliable drinking water systems in the world? We have safe drinking water because the EPA has spent hundreds of hours developing plans, implementing them, and ensuring their effectiveness. If Nixon did not implement the EPA program, who knows where our environment and living conditions might be today.  

Here, we will tell you what the EPA is, and how they have worked hard to improve our environment, health, and lives. EPA is an American agency, but its innovative work inspires governments and environmental agencies around the world. 

What Is The EPA?

The EPA is the United States Environmental Protection Agency. President Richard Nixon proposed the establishment of EPA back in July of 1970. The agency began operation in December 1070 after Nixon signed an executive order. 

This organization is responsible for the protection of human health and the environment. They provide technical assistance to support recovery planning of public health and infrastructure, such as wastewater treatment plants and so on. 

EPA regulates the manufacturing, processing, distribution as well as the use of chemicals and other pollutants. Energy efficiency, environmental stewardship, sustainable growth, air, and water quality, and pollution prevention are among their responsibilities. 

EPA is responsible for guiding us to a safer and cleaner environment. They make decisions based on what is best for the environment as well as for humanity. By ensuring our water is clean, waste is taken care of correctly, we can live in an environmentally responsible country. 

What Are The Three Major Responsibilities Of The EPA?

EPA has various responsibilities to help ensure that the environment, as well as the people of America, are kept safe and clean. Below are three of the major responsibilities that they have. 

  1. Americans have clean air, land, and water
  2. National efforts to reduce environmental risks are based on the best available scientific information
  3. Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are administered and enforced fairly, effectively, and as Congress intended

The following responsibilities are derived from their mission statement and what they intend to accomplish while they are operating. Thus, it is the EPA’s job to make sure that we live in waters, air, and land that is free of pollution. Using the scientific information they have at the moment, helps reduce risks placed upon the environment. 

Additionally, they are responsible for putting in place laws that protect human health as well as the environment. They strive to guarantee that no matter who you are or what ecosystem you may belong to, you have the right to a clean environment. Animals and critters of all types are included in this group.  

How Does The EPA Affect Businesses?

People are becoming more aware of environmentally friendly processes to help ensure that the environment is harmed as little as possible when it comes to manufacturing and other industries.

Because of this, it is only natural that the EPA will affect your business and how your operations run. EPA affects businesses by ensuring that certain processes provide you with a better way of keeping the air and water cleaner. These processes help even when you are manufacturing products that create toxic waste. 

Something as basic as clean water is imperative for both the environment and when you are using a certain liquid treatment for product manufacturing. Clean water is also needed to ensure our survival as well as the survival of other living organisms on this earth. 

EPA provides businesses with guidelines that will ensure the business is ‘green’ as well as ensure the environment around the business is kept as safe as possible from toxins and gases emitted into the air. Did you know that the EPA issues new requirements for municipalities to reduce toxic emissions by 90%? These requirements have allowed companies to change the way their business positively affects the environment. 

In addition to running your business more efficiently, you will also be doing your part to help conserve the environment for years to come. 

What Has The EPA Done For America Over The Years?

There are several laws and regulations that the EPA has put into place over the years that have helped ensure the safety of humankind as well as the environment. Some of these actions have been:

  • In 1971, the EPA, as well as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, banned the use of lead-based interior paints in residences built or renovated by the federal government. This was known as protecting children’s health through lead-based paint prevention activities. 
  • In 1972, the EPA banned the use of DDT. Cancer-causing properties were found in DDT, a pesticide. In addition to endangering the environment, the use of these pesticides in food chains was harmful to the public. 
  • In 1985, British scientists discovered a giant hole in the ozone layer. Atmospheric protection is created by this layer. The EPA participated in an international convention in Vienna. As part of the convention, a worldwide cooperative effort was called to help eliminate the use of substances that deplete the ozone layer. 
  • 1995 was a big year for the EPA. According to 1990 studies, two-thirds of metropolitan areas in the U.S. had unhealthy air. The air quality in these areas was deemed adequate in 1990. The air in areas like Detroit and San Francisco can then be breathed easier by 50 million Americans. All this is due to the remarkable work that the EPA did to help ensure safer air for the American people. 

The Bottom Line 

As a result of President Nixon’s initiative, the Environmental Protection Agency was founded and incorporated. Their role is to protect human health and the environment. Different programs are in place, such as the Energy Star program, the Smart Growth Program, and Water Sense, to ensure that we are using natural resources responsibly while taking care of the health and wellbeing of all living organisms. 

What Is Biocentrism In Environmental Ethics?

Understanding the term Biocentrism in Environmental Ethics

People are becoming more aware of the lives around them as well as the claim that we need to protect the environment and nature. Did you know that Biocentrism comes from the Greek word, ‘βίος bios’, Which means ‘life’, and ‘κέντρον kentron’, which means ‘center’? 

Today, we will share with you the meaning of Biocentrism, give you some examples and give you a better understanding of this term and how it affects us as human beings.  

What Is Biocentrism?

According to Eolss, Biocentrism refers to all environmental ethics that extend the status of a moral object from human beings to all other living things in nature. 

In other words, biocentrism emphasizes the value and rights of living individuals. It is the belief that moral priority should be given to the survival of all living beings on earth. This includes animal rights and environmental protection. 

All life deserves equal consideration and equal moral standings. No life is worth more than another life no matter how big or small the being might be. 

What Is An Example Of Biocentrism?

One of the biggest biocentric arguments that we experience is the fact that many humans consider it acceptable to take the life of another animal for their own sustenance. 

A lot of people believe that it is acceptable to eat animals to sustain their own life and other people argue that it is not ethically right to take the life of an animal because we would consider it wrong to take the life of a human being for the same reason. 

Another argument is euthanizing an animal to put it out of its misery. Others would say that it is not accessible to euthanize a human being to take them out of their misery when they are in pain or ill. The question is then asked, why is it okay to take the life of an animal to end suffering and not socially acceptable to do the same for a human being? 

What Are The Biocentrism Main Claims?

One of the main claims is that Biocentric ethics argue that looking after the morals and well-being of all living beings is non-arbitrary in the sense that we need to assign moral standings for life itself. This means that it extends the practice of moral standings about as far as it can go. 

All living beings, simply by being alive, have moral standings and deserve moral consideration. Since humans are the only beings on the earth that can understand and practice morals, it is our duty to ensure that all living beings are treated with the same respect. 

Conclusion 

Biocentrism is the ethical belief that all organisms are centers of life in the sense that each individual is pursuing a unique path for their own good in its own way. Every life is equal and we should treat all living organisms with the same respect. 

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What Is Ecocentrism In Environmental Ethics?

Understanding the concept of ecocentrism in environmental ethics

Ecocentrism is an ideology that has been around since the early 1940s. Philosopher Arne Naess in 1973 coined the term ‘deep ecology’ which carries the same meaning. It is the idea that the well-being of non-human life on earth has value in itself. 

Today, we will share with you what ecocentrism is, some examples of this philosophy, and why it is important to preserve nature and humanity as we know it. 

What Is Ecocentrism?

Ecocentrism focuses primarily on the ecosystem in its entirety rather than looking at the environment from a perspective of human interest. It is the focus on the interest of all species as well as natural features of Earth’s ecosystems. 

It is an ideology that does not place another ecosystem above others. Ecocentrists focus on the fundamental value of all these entities in their own right whilst still noticing their instrumental value to one another as part of the natural process. For example, yes bees can be harmful to some people however, they play a key role in pollination. Without bees, our natural environment would not be sustainable. 

Why Is Ecocentrism Important?

According to Stanford, ecocentrism is important for several reasons. If you look at it from an ethical point of view, ecocentrism expands the moral population. It allows human beings to worry about more than just themselves. When you take an ecocentric standpoint, you are not only concerned about humanity. You also respect and care for all life which does include terrestrials as well as aquatic ecosystems. 

Ecocentrists also value the idea of conservation. The idea is that one needs to converse all living organisms on earth to ensure that their ecosystem survives throughout the ages. They believe that every being has a purpose to help sustain and grow all ecosystems on the planet. 

What Is An Example Of Ecocentrism?

A great example of ecocentrism is Strip mining. Strip mining is the process whereby one can obtain ore or coal by opencast mining. This process harms the environment but it can open the door to more natural resources for the human population to use. An ecocentric point of view is that since this process harms the environment, it is immoral. 

It is because of this argument that environmentalist policies are often ecocentric in nature. There needs to be a balance between preserving all ecosystems as well as sustaining humankind. 

Final Thoughts 

Did you know that Aldo Leopold is often credited as the earliest ecocentrist? This is based on his writings in the early 1940s. Aldo used the term land when he was referring to the entire ecological community. He wrote, ”That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics.” as well as, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

Ecocentrism looks at the world as a whole and ensures that all systems live and thrive as a unit. 

What Is Anthropocentric Environmental Ethics?

Alisdair Cochrane is a British ethicist. He wrote for the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, “environmental ethics concerns human beings’ ethical relationship with the natural environment. What duties do humans have with respect to the environment, and why?” 

We are going to look into the concept of Anthropocentric Environmental Ethics, the effects that it has had on our human rights bill, and some of the dangers that could come with this belief system. 

What Is Anthropocentric Environmental Ethics?

To be anthropocentric means “human first”; it is the belief that humans come before all other plants, animals, and the environment.

When it comes to the environment, this means humans regard the environment to be in service of the wellbeing of humans. This is opposed to ecocentrism, in which the environment is the primary focus and humans are secondary.

Anthropocentric Environmental Ethics: Prioritizing humans first when evaluating what is ethical (within the scope of the environment).

According to link.springer, Anthropocentrism, in its original connotation in environmental ethics, is the belief that value is human-centered and that all other beings are means to human ends. Some also refer to the concept as human exceptionalism. 

In other words, taking on this belief means that you consider human beings to be the most significant entity of the universe. You see humankind as a separate entity from nature and that humans are superior. Other entities such as animals, plants, and minerals are viewed as resources for humans to use and consume. 

On the other hand, Wesley J. Smith has stated in his book A Rat Is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Right Movement that, “Because we are unquestionably a unique species—the only species capable of even contemplating ethical issues and assuming responsibilities—we uniquely are capable of apprehending the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, proper and improper conduct toward animals. Or to put it more succinctly, if being human isn’t what requires us to treat animals humanely, what in the world does?”

Anthropocentric Contribution to Human Rights:

Some might argue that Anthropocentrism is the grounding for some of the concepts that we base our human rights on. Philosopher Mortimer J. Adler wrote, “Those who oppose injurious discrimination on the moral ground that all human beings, being equal in their humanity, should be treated equally in all those respects that concern their common humanity, would have no solid basis in fact to support their normative principle.”

One could argue that it was this belief that made one realize that one has to be treated with respect because we are not better than each other. We need to treat people like equals but the argument comes in that if we all have the right to be equal, then why was there enslavement, discrimination, racism amongst humans, and so on. The answer to this question has not yet been answered clearly by a Philosopher or other professional in the field of human behavior. Every person has a different approach to the question and reason behind the answer but nothing has been proven. 

What Are The Dangers of Being Anthropocentric?

Focusing mainly on the definition, the dangers of being an anthropocentric person is that your main concern is for humankind and the rest of the living organisms on this earth to come second. If you take this ideology to heart, people look after people and the rest of the living beings on this earth do not matter because people are superior. 

Conclusion 

In conclusion, the basis of anthropocentricity allows humans to realize the important role we play on this earth. 

As humans, we can learn right from wrong. Burning a tree for fun or injuring an animal because we can, is not a positive representation of what we as humans are capable of. There should be a balance between understanding that humans are more intelligent and can grasp the concept of ethics and looking after the beings that are not as superior.