Volume 7 Issue 1 (2018)

Beyond Science and Technology: The need to incorporate Environmental Ethics to solve Environmental Problems

pp. 66-75  |  Published Online: January 2018  |  DOI: 10.22521/unibulletin.2018.71.6

Fesseha Mulu and Yohannes Eshetu


The emergence and development of science and technology has been critical in improving the lives of mankind. It helps mankind to cope with a number of manmade and natural challenges and disasters. Science cannot totally diminish the level of human dependency on nature; but, with the existing availability of natural resources, science has increased our productivity. However, science and technology can also have its own negative impacts on the natural environment. For the purpose of increasing productivity and satisfying human needs, humans have been egoistically exploiting nature but disregarding the effects of their activities on nature. Science has also been trying its level best to mitigate the negative effects that results from mankind’s exploitation of nature. However, science alone is incapable of solving all environmental problems. This desk research employs secondary sources of data, and argues that environmental ethics should come to the fore in order to address the gap left by science with regard to resolving environmental problems that mankind faces today.  

Keywords: environmental ethics, human needs, natural environment, natural resources, science and technology


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