Environmental Ethics: Human needs are more important than environmental needs


This assessment task is designed to develop research, critical thinking and reading skills. The themed essay is essentially about you demonstrating your understanding of ethical theories, for example, Kant, Utilitarianism, environmental ethics, virtue ethics and justice, through the development of a persuasive argument about one of the key themes (globalisation, corporate social responsibility, environmental ethics and stakeholders). 

The ITE should include the following format:

  1. Introduction
  2. Discussion
  3. Conclusion
  4. References
  5. Introduction: this section should briefly define the theme and your stance on the question.
  6. Discussion: this section should develop your position in relation to the topic. In developing this argument, identify where readings have challenged your ideas about business ethics and discuss at least two ethical theories and link them to key points raised in the prescribed and recommended readings (the literature).
  1. Conclusion:  this should tie the key points from your discussion together.  A higher quality essay will include some indication of the ethical implications on business practices of your argument and key points.
  2. References: Use the Harvard referencing system.  The reference section should list alphabetically each reference cited in the body of your essay.  You may use other non academic journal references but these must be in addition to the minimum number of journal articles.


Globalisation:  Globalisation is good for individuals but bad for humanity.

Corporate Social Responsibility:Corporations can never be moral entities.

Environmental Ethics: Human needs are more important than environmental needs.

Stakeholders:Some stakeholders are more equal than others.
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The environment provides human beings with all their needs for survival. Moreover, the continuity of the human race, which is ensured through procreation, is entirely dependent on the resources provided by the environment. In the recent past, the rate of resource consumption by people has surpassed the levels the environment can cater for sustainably (Howell, 2010). This means that if people continue using natural resources at this rate, the resources will become depleted soon, putting the lives of future generations at stake. Other human activities have indirectly contributed to the degradation of the environment, which limits the capacity of the earth to support life in perpetuity. The increase in human needs has led to more quest to exploit resources from the environment. Different economic models such as capitalism that have been adopted by various countries and their corporations have contributed to the increased competition. The competition has led corporations to consume resources without due consideration about their impact on the environment. This hunger for mass production has been driven by the belief that human needs supersede those of the environment. However, this notion tends to represent the egocentric nature of the current generation as it has no regard for future generations. Moreover, the resources consumption disregards the fact that other living things depends on the environment for their survival. Therefore, the claim that human needs are more important than those of the environment is misplaced and misguided….

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