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Environmental ethics course group discussion, Photo by Ndebele, N.S  

The course taught me that the decision we make as individuals, corporate and governmental may lead to global environmental issues and conflicts. There are alternatives in decision making based on understanding environmental ethical values. Becoming an Eco-centric community can be of benefit to both human and environmental values.

There was a local case study field trip to Siphumelele Township which is constructed on a wetland, where we witnessed both social and biophysical issues.

 

Siphumelele township local community wetland photo by Ndebele, N.S (2015)

We had to develop our own professional and personal codes of ethical conduct and as an activity, did a role play to show ethical values as environmental educators in a workplace.We had discussion around how nature loving interested parties and community members who are farsighted could voice out to the local government. An idea would be to come up with an action plan which will improve the people’s condition and also protect the wetland.

Environmental educators meet different people with different ethical values regarding the environment. Educators must always remain neutral and respect people cultural believes and treat them equally while changing their attitudes towards environmental values. 

Therefore the course teaches that environmental educators should work under guiding principles in order for one to be fully professional and behave in an ethical way. Should also lead by an example by having their own environmental ethical practices that one has chosen and committed to live by.  

Compiled by Khetha Lembethe

 

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