Environmental ethics is one of the disciplines which studies the moral relationship of human beings to, and also the value and moral status of, the environment and its contents. Many traditional ethical perspectives are anthropocentric or human-centered in that either they assign intrinsic value to human beings alone or they assign a significantly greater amount of intrinsic value to human beings than to other creators, but what is the position of scholars to this issue? There are also some other questions, such as:
- 1. What environmental ethical obligation(s) do we need to keep for future generation?
- 2. Is it morally acceptable for human to knowingly use techniques that cause damage to the environment for the convenience of humanity?
- 3. Do industries have a moral obligation to restore their damages to the landform and ecosystems?
- 4. Why should we really care about the environment, what makes environmental issues genuine moral issues?
- 5. Shall we over-exploit the planet’s natural resources?
- 6. What is the relationship between environmental ethics and climate change?
- 7. What is the relationship between environmental ethics and climate change?
- 8. What is the role of religions in environmental ethics?
- 9. Can religion be part of the solution to the environmental issues?
- 10.cWhich values ought to be respected and protected in favor of the nature?
- 11. What is the stand of different religions and theological centers of thought to such issues?
In order to answer to these questions and have a brain storm among academia, experts and thinkers, Iranian Department of Environment (DoE), the University of Environment (UoE) and ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) have jointly organized the 1st “International Forum on Environmental Ethics” to be held on Saturday 6th of September 2014, from 14:00 to 18:00, at the DoE International Conference Hall in Tehran. Academia, experts of environmental and social sciences, theologists, political corps, UN agencies, NGOs, IGOs, Media, and other interested groups are invited to participate in this forum. For more information and registration, please consult the Forum’s website: http://uoe.cnf.ir/EnvironmentalEthics