Understand why ethics and morality are important in environmentalism
Environmentalism and climate change issues are typically seen today through a purely scientific lens. While natural sciences play a critical role, the reason people disagree on the climate crisis is due to deeper ethical and moral differences.
This five-week course from the Adam Smith Centre will introduce you to environmental ethics as well as different perspectives to uncover the link between ethics and environmentalism. By the end of the course, you’ll understand how morality and ethics drive environmental activism.
Discover how scientific facts and ideas are interpreted through a moral lens
Climate change and other environmental issues originate at a scientific level. We are presented with facts and data about our ecosystem, and we have the responsibility to make a difference.
However, it is our moral and ethical principles that drive the action itself. On this course, you’ll examine how moral beliefs can provoke a sense of responsibility or environmental consciousness, and how this spurs activism.
Explore humanist, modernist, and other environmental perspectives
There are various schools of thought surrounding environmentalism, each with distinct ideologies and approaches to environmental solutions.
You’ll examine contrasting perspectives to analyse how ethics influences each approach. With this knowledge, you’ll also expand your own views and find an approach that aligns with your beliefs.
Recognise humanity’s role in repairing the natural environment
Examining the causes of climate change, it is clear that humanity has contributed to the state of our environment.
By exploring different ideologies such as deep ecology and eco-socialism, you’ll develop an intrinsic understanding of how humanity can repair this damage and create a more sustainable future.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Describe the link between climate and culture
- Identify ethical considerations in relation to the environment
- Discuss different socio-cultural perspectives on climate change
- Explore the history of climate science
- Evaluate the strengths and shortfalls of climate science
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for students pursuing studies in environmentalism, economics, business, public policy, and other socio-economic fields.
It will also be beneficial for professionals in the sustainability, public policy, public or private sectors.
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