The Fundamentals of Conservation Ethics and Sustainability Ethics


Conservation is the maintenance and restoration of population viability and ecosystem health.  Sustainability is meeting human needs in a socially-just manner without inappropriately compromising conservation.  While conservation and sustainability involve distinct knowledge and concerns, they are similar for being fundamentally concerned for our relationship with nature.  From this similarity, the ethical dimensions of conservation and sustainability are essentially the same.  Hereafter, we use conservation ethics to refer to the ethical dimension of both conservation and sustainability.   


WHAT IS ETHICS? - Ethics quite legitimately has a variety of meanings.  Here we focus attention on scholarly ethics, which involves a formal method for understanding how we ought to relate to others around us.  Much like science, conservation ethics involves both applied and basic elements, and we will discuss each.  However, some valuable perspective can be gain by simply highlighting a few important misconceptions about the nature of scholarly ethics.


MISCONCEPTION #1 - Ethics is not telling other people what to do, or compelling others to behave as you might like them to behave.  This may be the objective of parenting, religious leadership, or certain forms of political action, but not ethics. 

ANTIDOTE - Ethics is understanding how we should behave toward and relate to others around us.  That understanding can be gained through the fundamentals described throughout the document...  [read more]

Stewarding the ethical dimension of conservation, natural resource management, & sustainability

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