The sociology of man pivots on many ethical perceptions as it pertains to the inhabiting of earth and whatever is associated with it. This therefore creates an awareness of acceptable patterns in behavior based on a morality. As such the subject of environmental ethical issues is no less sensitive to man than those pertaining to health, education, and politics to highlight a few major concerns which affect humans. These evolving patterns of attention emerge as man interacts with the physical, social and spiritual environments. All the while a relationship is being established.
Man bounds with nature, natural vegetation, water, rivers, oceans and land. These become vital to his interrelatedness with earth, the universe and self. Historical man functions in an atmosphere of interconnectedness with the environment. Social scientists have actually posited that man is a product of the environment. This is so because man is by nature gregarious which means that humans collaborate with each other and the situation of life that surrounds them. Therefore, how can the issue of environmental ethics escape the attention?
It has been and will always occupy a every special place in the chambers of his consciousness. So being this research will focus on a retrospection, introspection and prospection of issues facing environmental ethics as it relates to human interrelatedness. Introspection-Current events The opening pages of this research briefly offered a synopsis of how man has progressed historically as part of the environment. It was the intention of the writer to give basic explanations for why former trends in thinking and habits have escalated in the nature of environmental relationships today.
This part of the discussion as it relates to environmental ethics would explore the issue of restoration ecology. Currently it is a fad which has evaded human consciousness to the extent of becoming a very extremely over sensitive issue. The press is saturated with outbursts of ethical violations on the subject. Humans are blaming humans for destroying the ecological balance. It has been posited by environmentalists that space ship explorations, factory waste activities, pollution of water by oil spills, cutting down of the forests and industrialization as a whole are responsible for the disruptive balance of nature being experienced now.
These disturbances are manifested, it is believed, as droughts, earth quakes, hurricanes, forest fires, floods among many man made tragedies occurring in the natural environment. It is further claimed that these activities are responsible for global warming and the severe effects of the ooze layer catastrophe faced by the world today. How does the ethical implication of restoration ecology impinge on a solution of this environmental crisis? The Society for Ecological Restoration sees it as an intentional accelerated activity in recovery of a seriously damaged ecosystem (SER, 2004).
From this stand point humans have collectively realized that it is unethical to destroy the physical environment upon which there is a co –dependence. Years and years of human desire for wealth, exploitation of the environment was seen as a way of life. There no ethical concerns. Now that the ecosystem has reacted with such adversity it has now become a violation of environmental integrity. At the same time a sense of ethical standards guarding the relationship between the two has emerged. It is restoration ecology.
Prospection- Anticipated future In this section of the discourse there would be an attempt at answering the vital question of to what extent can the ethical standards implied in restoration ecology protect the environment and ecosystem as a whole? In other words what are the future projections? Restoration ecology is projected as being the ‘basis for a new world religion. ’ (Wikipedia Encyclopedia, 2010) This is the impact the concept has on modern environmental ethics being advanced as a future resolution.
It is so considered due to speculations of the theoretical perspective that restoration itself is the ‘application of ecological theory to ecological restoration’ (Wikipedia Encyclopedia, 2010) Therefore, the ethical considerations supportive of this theory and it applications in the future are quite clear. To intentionally alter the ecosystem for person gratification was a violation. Now to make amends through restorative practices must be ethically correct. However, there are variations in the theme. There have been arguments that it is faking and no ecologists or environmentalists can restore the ecology.
That may be true but it is writer’s view that in attempting to maintain what is and replacing what has been destroyed by man is enough an ethical intervention of preserving the environment. This is merely ensuring some future of the earth’s integrity. The specificity of how the actual restoration is to be pursued is still a matter of research. It is heartening however to realize that steps have been take to ensure that species of life on earth apart from man are preserved. Also it is a wonderful for the future that humans have taken the ethical responsibility of doing so.