Changing Environmental Values

People value the natural environment for many reasons, and many intellectual ideas serve as the basis for an environmental ethic. Additionally, values and ethics change over time, influenced by diverse factors, including culture, economic conditions, and popular discourse.  These values and ethics are important in determining how we ultimately relate to and manage our natural environment. Students will: 1) explore the range of global environmental values and ethics; 2) analyze how differences in values and ethics inform how environmental issues are addressed; and 3) examine strategies for communicating across difference in environmental values.