Environmental Ethics


Thenatural world is a term that can be used to refer to all the thingsthat are found on the earth like animals, plants, rivers, andmountains among others. In other words, it is anything that exists inthe world naturally. Intrinsic value refers to the authentic worth ofan asset that is usually based on how the asset is perceivedregarding its true value. Anthropocentrism argues that it is only thehuman beings who have worthiness. However, this might be a falseargument because people cannot survive alone without depending on thenatural world. Therefore, this is a clear indication that nature hasgot an intrinsic usefulness.

Theintrinsic value of nature can be measured according to how itbenefits humans (Mace et al., 2012). Nature is important because itprovides the human beings with food. People get food from the plantsas well as animals. Besides, the shelter is obtained from the naturalworld. For example, most construction materials are mined from theearth (Mace et al., 2012). Were it not for nature, people would havebeen dying at a higher rate that they do presently. The best drugsare extracted from the herbs that grow mostly in the forests. Herbaldrugs have proved to be more efficient than the human-made drugs. Themost important aspect of the natural world is the creation ofemployment. Nature has employed millions of people like theenvironmental scientists, agronomists, meteorologists among others.These professionals depend on the nature for livelihood. Therefore,nature helps in improving the living standards of people through jobscreation (Mace et al., 2012).

Dueto eco-centrism, human beings have continually destroyed the value ofnature. For example, the natural forests` cover has been destroyedthrough deforestation. As a result, the climate patterns havechanged, and people are now receiving inadequate rainfall. In turn,food insecurity has set in. Human beings can realize the intrinsicvalue of nature after experiencing grave consequences like hunger dueto environmental degradation.


Mace,G. M., Norris, K., &amp Fitter, A. H. (2012). Biodiversity andecosystem services: a multilayered relationship. Trendsin ecology &amp evolution,27(1),19-26.