Values & Principles

EcoIntelligence sustainability articles, speeches, and interviews.This page displays a collection of environmental and sustainability (green) online videos about ethics, values, principles, spirituality, and religion. Video topics include ethics and sustainability, environmental justice, and animal protection.

Ethics and values play an important role in our decisions to promote sustainable development and protect the environment. Religion and spirituality can help give deeper meaning to efforts to build a sustainable future. Environmental justice relates to the creation and enforcement of environmental laws and policies that treat people fairly regardless of race, culture, or any other socio-economic factors. Finally, our moral and ethical obligations extend to protecting the many other species with whom we share the Earth.

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"" Ethics and Sustainability. Presentation by Richard Matthew. Many scholars of environmental ethics concentrate on the harm humans do to the natural world, encouraging us to assign intrinsic value to nature and extend moral concern to other species. As important as this is, it has been criticized for ignoring the needs of the poor and vulnerable. The concept of sustainable development suggests other ways of linking ethics and the environment. It explicitly asks us to think about how to reduce poverty and improve the welfare and security of the world's poor while protecting natural resources and ecosystems. It also asks us to consider the world future generations will inherit. About 60 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Ethical Challenge of Climate Change. Presentation by Peter Singer. Climate change raises old ethical issues in a new way. The old issues are essentially those of justice in distribution, as familiar as the old problem of sharing a pie between many hungry people. How should we divide up the capacity of our atmosphere to absorb our greenhouse gases? Justice between generations is also obviously relevant. But these issues arise in new ways that threaten our traditional sense of what is right and what is wrong. Hence climate change presents a new and particularly difficult moral challenge. About 88 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Evaluating Climate Change Institutions. Presentation by Robert O. Keohane. Since institutions in the world of politics are shaped by interests and power, they uniformly fail to meet any universal standards of justice. For practical policy analysis, it is more important to focus on legitimacy than justice. For an institution to be legitimate means that it is worthy of our obedience within its sphere of activity. Legitimacy is a lower standard than justice, but still provides a meaningful ethical benchmark, and adequate legitimacy should be a necessary condition to support institutions. About 85 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Making Ethical Food Choices. Excerpts from a presentation by Jay Weinstein. Author of The Ethical Gourmet, a guide to environmentally friendly and ethically produced foods, Weinstein discusses how you can make a difference for the environment, animals, labor conditions, and your family's health with your food choices. About 1 minute. Play Video >> More about Jay Weinstein >>

"" Exploring Religious Environmentalism. Online presentation by Roger S. Gottlieb. Gottlieb describes how a broad range of faiths are advocating for the protection and preservation of the natural environment, which they see as a sacred gift from God. About 2 minutes. Play Video >> More about Roger S. Gottlieb >>

"" Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker. Presentation by Chris Palmer. Television networks like Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, and the History Channel are failing to put conservation, education, and animal welfare ahead of ratings and profits when producing and airing films on wildlife. Palmer believes that it's time for wildlife filmmaking to move in a more ethical direction, and that wildlife films should not deceive audiences, harass animals, or avoid conservation. About 15 minutes. Play Video >> More about Chris Palmer >>

"" Living In A Living Universe. Presentation excerpts by Duane Elgin. Explores our existence and the idea of living in a living universe. He discusses both scientific and spiritual perspectives, from cosmological dark energy to Native American beliefs. About 3 minutes. Play Video >> More about Duane Elgin >>

"" SeaChange: Reversing The Tide. Excerpts from a program by Roger Payne & Lisa Harrow. Payne & Harrow combine the knowledge of science and the wisdom of poetry to produce a compelling performance. In "SeaChange," they portray humankind as an integral part of Earth's complex web of life, and they argue that our survival requires that we attend not just to our own wellbeing but also to the wellbeing of all life. About 5 minutes. Play Video >> More about Roger Payne & Lisa Harrow >>

"" Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account. Documentary film based on a book by Chris Palmer. Reveals how the production of wildlife films sometimes involves deception and sensationalism. Host Alexandra Cousteau and veteran film producer Palmer take a behind-the-scenes look at wildlife filmmaking. About 27 minutes. Play Video >> More about Chris Palmer >>

"" Preventing Animal Cruelty. Excerpts from a presentation by Jay Weinstein. Buying organic, antibiotic free, or non-GMO foods doesn't have to be about human health and nutrition to make it important. In this video, Weinstein discusses how our food choices can help encourage the ethical treatment of animals. About 2 minutes. Play Video >> More about Jay Weinstein >>

"" About Legitimacy. Online presentation by John Renesch. Evil and dysfunction only exists because a large group of people give legitimacy to a system, usually by remaining silent. When legitimacy is removed, the restoration of function can begin. About 2 minutes. Play Video >> More about John Renesch >>

"" Gateways of Light. This video makes the connection between the environmental struggles facing people and the planet and the need for us to connect with the world around us on a spiritual level. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Environmental Ethics Introduction. This video is an introduction to an class focused on environmentalism and ethical theory taught by Professor Mark Thorsby at New Jersey City University. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Role of Ethics in the Legal Response to Climate Change. Jody Freeman, Professor of Law and the founding Director of the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Program, discusses the role of ethical and legal frameworks in response to climate change. About 85 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Business Ethics and Leadership. A presentation by Ward J. “Tim” Timken, Chair of Board of the Timken Company, on the relationship between business ethics and leadership for the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University. Timken describes how ethics, success and business leadership are intertwined. He explains why his company is actively involved in caring for the environment and is committed to reducing environmental risks, to properly handling hazardous waste, and to managing resources for the future. About 53 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Forming Environmental Values at Primary School. Derek Billings discusses the award winning book he produced that introduces children to important environmental themes. About 1 minute. Play Video >>

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