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Environmental Philosophy: Addressing Humanity's Most Urgent Challenges

University of Connecticut via FutureLearn

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Unpack the concepts of environmental ethics

Environmental issues are often discussed in the media but we rarely take a deep dive into how these issues affect our own lives and how best to make a difference in addressing them.

On this six-week course, you’ll understand how environmental issues can be constructively approached.

You’ll be introduced to environmental ethics and the different theories within it to explore the moral status of human beings and of our environment.

With this knowledge, you’ll engage in social learning to discuss issues and share suggestions for actionable solutions for our planet.

Explore environmental aesthetics and different environmental movements

You’ll delve into different aesthetic concepts to understand the aesthetic value that landscapes and other environmental features have for humanity.

Next, you’ll explore environmental movements, such as ecofeminism, and understand how they can be used to address key issues.

Unpack fast fashion and environmental justice

To gain a deeper understanding of sustainability, you’ll explore your lifestyle and how sustainable it is. Next, you’ll reflect on our responsibilities and obligations to future generations.

You’ll delve further into specific issues, such as fast fashion, to understand its environmental toll and how it impacts humans. With this knowledge, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of environmental justice.

Explore the environmental impacts of meat consumption

Finally, you’ll delve into the issues of meat production and consumption. You’ll explore alternatives to the current system to understand the solutions to reduce the industry’s environmental impacts.

Learning from the experts at the University of Connecticut, you’ll finish the course as a more knowledgeable and proficient steward of our planet.

This course is designed for anyone with an interest in humanity’s interaction with the environment.

It will be most beneficial if you would like to be better equipped to address the pressing issues of our time.


  • Environmental Ethics
    • Introduction & Course Overview
    • Ethics: How should we live?
    • Anthropocentrism and Ecocentricism
    • Wrap-Up
  • Environmental Aesthetics
    • Week 2 Overview
    • Beautiful, Sublime, and Picturesque
    • Art and the Aesthetic
    • Wrap-Up
  • Four Environmental Movements
    • Week 3 Overview
    • Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
    • The Land Ethic
    • Deep Ecology
    • Ecofeminism
    • Wrap-Up
  • Sustainability and Future Generations
    • Week 4 Overview
    • Does What I Do Matter?
    • Obligations to Future Beings?
    • Wrap-up
  • Fast Fashion and Environmental Justice
    • Week 5 Overview
    • Fast Fashion’s Human Toll
    • Environmental Justice
    • Wrap-up
  • Eating Meat: Consequences and Alternatives
    • Week 6 Overview
    • Alternatives to the Current System
    • Hunting
    • Wrap-Up

Taught by

Mitchell Green


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