Forest Logging on the Environment Ethics and Social Responsibility Monday, November 24, 2008 The McGraw Hill Online Learning Center defines the term environmental ethicsas a search for moral values and ethical principles in human relations with the natural world. The branch of philosophy that deals with values in general is known as axiology, and ethics, a subdivision of axiology, is more or less concerned with moral values, or non- moral values as they relate to moral values. Environmental ethics also has to do with the issue of responsible personal conduct with respect to natural landscape landscapes, resources, spices, and non- human organisms. “Moral responsibility”, however, usually implies knowledge capacity, choice and value significance, so if a person is morally capable of performing that requirement, can freely chose whether or not to do it, and their performance affects the welfare or liberty of other beings. That being said, this paper examines the effects of forest logging on the environment. Rainforests have evolved over millions of years to turn into the incredibly complex environments they are today. They represent a store of living and breathing renewable natural resources that for millions of years have contributed a wealth of resources for the survivaland well being of humans. Rainforests have given us basic foodsupplies, clothing, shelter, fuel, spices, industrial raw materials, and medicine to all those who have lived there. Everything in the rainforest is extremely dependent on one another; so much so that interfering with only one small part of these forests can destroy it forever. The sad thing is, it’s only taken one century for humans to interfere with nature and destroy it. “Since 1980, the global economy has tripled in size and the world population has increased by thirty percent”. Our ecosystem has been suffering due to humans using up all the goods that the rainforest have to offer, but worst of all, the demand for wood...
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