Ecojustice applies the concept of justice to the environment. Many features of ecojustice are related to the philosophies of other environmental groups.
Supporters of ecojustice attack the historic lack of regard for non-human parts of the environment. They
encourage respect for living things as well as the various parts of the biosphere.
Advocates of ecojustice reject the idea that the worth of a thing is its value to human beings. They argue that other parts of nature have value entirely independent of their usefulness to humanity.
The primary argument of ecojustice is that the natural world must be included in an evaluation of ethics or morality. Ecojustice supporters say that all living things have some intrinsic value, and people must be aware of this to act ethically.
Those who endorse the views of ecojustice maintain one of several arguments. Some think that every living creature has some degree of inherent value. Others follow the utilitarian philosophy and say that animals can suffer, and therefore are relevant ethically. A last group contends that all species have equal value.
All of these groups have several major objectives. They hope to create harmony in the ecosystem by allowing people and nature to coexist without harming each other.
Many supporters of ecojustice also support sustainable development throughout the world. They seek to prevent the poor nations from being unfairly adversely affected by environmental problems such as pollution.
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