Homework 5: Ethics of care

Link- https://globalnews.ca/news/7610723/climate-change-canada-prairies/

The article “incredibly destructive”: Canada’s prairies to see devastating impact of climate change by Hannah Jackson discusses how climate change is negatively impacting the world but more specifically the agricultural sector of Canada. Jackson reported that the summer of 2020 was the world's second hottest year since we started keeping track, even oceans started heating up above average. The earth is heating up by one degree per decade which may not seem to be a lot on its own but it is an alarming rate. The article goes on to talk about how one day food might become scarce, as well as global warming causing more and more droughts. A dilemma that arises from reading the article is whether or not we should try to recycle more and use less waste in order to slow down global warming. The fact that we should do anything we can to save the environment is a dilemma that has risen for years. 

The ethics of care is a branch of morality that is centered around how humans feel and humanity rather than moral values (what we deem as right and wrong). In using the ethics of care to analyze and to address how global warming is affecting our agriculture, we would have to look at future generations. John Rawls, a philosopher, developed “the veil of ignorance” as a way to analyze society and its structure. In eliminating our personal feelings we can see it from the point of view of what would be better for our future generations. Carol Gilligan, another philosopher would agree with this, her thoughts state that taking care of people is part of the fundamentals of society.

When using his theory to analyze the dilemma, we would agree that it is important for us to save the environment. Though right now we may not see how much we are affecting the environment by doing little things such as littering, consuming a lot of water and not being cautious of our use of electricity, we have to think forward. From the point of view of the ethics of care, the earth being tarnished or not being able to be used to its full capacity or as beautiful would be against their belief. For future generations, leaving a big carbon footprint is detrimental. Even if the environment is not part of our personal values, we should still make an effort for the good of the future.

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