Environmental Philosophy Project : Yellow dust from China in South Korea
There are many schools of thought exercised by those who are concerned about the natural world, with early thinkers and activists influencing future generations and encouraging new understanding of even the most modern problems. For this project you will select an established environmental philosophy and apply that school of thought to modern problems. Yellow dust from China in South Korea will become a component of this paper project. Meanwhile, your paper will consist of research into one of the environmental philosophies listed on the next page. INTRODUCTION: You may start with a basic summary of your selected philosophy and its intellectual viewpoints, plus its influence on well-known environmental issues. NALYSIS: T he bulk of the paper should be analytical. Try to determine the most difficult problems that the selected philosophy addresses, whether that school of thought is capable of completely analyzing the most serious aspects of those issues, and whether the proposed solutions could be realistically implemented. Your paper will benefit greatly from direct quotations or short excerpts from influential thinkers. APPLICATION: In the later sections of the paper, discuss how your selected environmental philosophy can (or cannot) address the environmental issue in your home area (Yellow dust). Optional: If desired you may do the same for any particular telecommunications-specific environmental problem that has captured your interest. Environmental Philosophies Select one of these for your paper. – Conservationism: Natural resources exist for human use but they should be carefully managed for the benefit of future generations. Key early thinker: Gifford Pinchot. – Environmental Justice: A civil rights-oriented viewpoint. Environmental harms follow existing patterns of discrimination and inequality. Key early thinker: Benjamin Chavis. – Radical Environmentalism: Direct grass-roots action is necessary to save the natural world from pollution and destruction. This philosophy is often criticized as “environmental terrorism.” Key early thinker: Edward Abbey. – Ecofeminism: The feminine instinct for nurturing is necessary for protecting the natural world, as opposed to the masculine tendency for destruction. Key early thinkers: Greta Gaard and Lori Gruen. – Sustainability: Business practices and development processes must be redesigned to minimize environmental destruction and ensure the future availability of resources. Key early thinker: Barry Commoner. – The Gaia Hypothesis: The Earth is a complex organism in which all plants, animals, and natural processes contribute to the health of the whole. Key early thinker: James Lovelock.