Note: Book used in class is (Reflecting On Nature 2nd edition) until page 175!
After you watch “An Inconvenient Truth” (Climate Change) film, please write a paper. This paper is to have two sections.
In the first section, summarize the content of the film and identify the main environmental ethical issues raised. Provide enough information that the reader is able to identify the main characters, the themes, and the related environmental issues. Do not assume that the reader has seen the movie, so write the summary in such a way that it demonstrates that you have watched the actual movie. This section should be approximately 2 pages.
In the second section, tie the ethical issues that the movie raises into issues that we have explored in the class thus far. In other words, in the second part, I expect you to critically discuss some of the ethical issues within the movie based upon the content of this course including the fundamental course concepts such Biocentrism, Anthropocentrism, Utilitarian, Kantianism, and normative ethical theories. Views of scholars such as (Richard Routley/John Mill/Brian Barry/Peter Singer/Aldo Leopold) from assigned readings of the book. Also, include at least two outside sources (not from the book) to support or dispute any factual information presented in the movie. The second section should be approximately 3-4 pages long.
While there are different ways to compose this section, make sure it addresses the below issues:
• Was the movie informative and was the information presented factually accurate?
• How were the ethical issues addressed and/or resolved in the movie?
• Did the movie exhibit any bias? If not, why do you believe this, and if so, how did this bias affect the accuracy of information presented?
• What specific ethical frameworks, concepts, and theories were exemplified either directly or indirectly in the movie?
• How does the movie relate to the issues and information covered and presented in this class so far? Give at least two specific examples. Here you can also explore some comparisons and contrasts that can be made between the views expressed in this movie and the views expressed by the authors of the assigned readings? (Very important)
• What is your general impression of this movie? Did you learn anything new or gain any insights? Why or why not?
• All papers should have an original title. Do not simply use the movie title for your paper.
• All papers must be typed with a 12-point font and double-spaced.
• A proper bibliogrphy must be included based on an accepted citation methodology such as APA or MLA.
• Do not rely on excessive use of direct quotes. If material is not in your words, you may not receive credit for it.
• Make sure your SafeAssign score is under 25%. If this score is over 25%, your paper will not be accepted for credit. A score over 25% typically means that 25% of your paper is in someone else’s words. The settings allow students to check their SafeAssign scores after submission, so take the time to do so in advance to ensure you will earn credit for this paper.
o Thorough summary that assumes no prior knowledge of the movie; accurate portrayal of the plot, the main characters, and the conclusion. Summary demonstrates to the reader that the writer actually viewed the film. (5 points)
o Analysis accurately and thoroughly captures the main environmental issues, and the discussion accurately incorporates the relevant ethical theories, concepts, and terminology. An explicit connection is made between the information in the film and the course content. (8 points)
o The analysis shows the ability to critically assess the information portrayed in the film, to detect bias, and to garner insights. (6 points)
o Paper draws from the relevant readings and from outside research to support the author’s positions. At least two outside sources and assigned course readings are used. (6 points)
o Total possible (25 points)