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Environmental Ethics

Research Guide for Envs 111 designed to help you locate resources to support your debate topic and research paper.


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Still Looking for a Topic?

Use a Concept Map to help develop your topic. It is simply a visual way of looking at your ideas and how they relate to each other. 

Here is one from Penn State that demonstrates the steps: Creating a Concept Map

watch this 3 minute video from the Douglas College Library to learn how to create your own map [video]

Use this one from the Univ of Arizona to fill in the blanks and create your own.

Looking for a Good Book?


This website provides a portal to research and information.  I hope you will find it useful for identifying and linking to scholarly research. 

To get started, click on the tabs above or on the highlighted links. Click here for a variety of ways to get help (phone, in-person, e-mail or chat)

Or contact me if you would like to arrange a consultation or ask a question.

Debbie Metzger
Science Librarian

The Ethics of Sustainability: Why Should We Care?

 "On an early morning run, I find myself alone in a forest of redwoods. I feel utterly insignificant as I run beneath trees that are wider than I am tall, and which have stood proudly as generations of people like me have come and gone. I am struck by the fact that these trees do not require humanity for sustenance, yet we have the power to control their destiny. Despite this capability, I cannot help but think that something about this conquerable natural world will always be greater than me. Something about these tall trees fills me with an unshakeable sense of reverence and awe that makes me want to preserve this snapshot of beauty for its own sake and for the sake of all who will follow me...."   Follow this link to keep reading.

By Allie Sibole was a 2012-13 Environmental Ethics Fellow at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.