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Moral and Ethical Views on Forest Fires

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Morals and Ethics: While speaking of the moral and ethical views of forest fires, there are several aspects that can be held considerable; one of which is: Who is responsible for forest fires? Who should we blame? Is the government the cause of these fires, are they not investing sufficient money? Or is it the publics fault - are they carelessly creating fires? Blame and responsibility can be considered a key aspect in this topic, as despite the fact that many times forest fires may be a natural process, but nowadays, it is generally caused by human activities. In many ways, there is no possible way to "point the finger" at someone and censor them for being responsible for this global problem, as each and every individual plays a role in the occurrence of forest fires. However, i believe that the Government should be to blame, as they are responsible for what goes on in Portugal, and if they see that there are a higher number of forest fires in Portugal than in other countries, then they should present concern. ...read more.


Should we be willing to destroy the habitats of animals to suit our own purposes? Ethically, I believe no, as many species die and sometimes become extinct. If there is necessity for more buildings and monuments, then they should be strictly built in the city. This would also help because the people would be further from the forests, so in case of a fire, there would be less chance of casualties. Another point in terms of morals and ethics is related to the spread of fire. If we are aware that foreign trees are causing such serious fires, then why are we allowing them to be planted in Portugal? As I have explained earlier, Eucalyptus has become quite a common type of tree in Portugal, and the oil that it releases is extremely harmful, and causes forest fires, then ethically, we should not allow it. There are various cultures and traditions, which we have all individually grown up in. Naturally, this affects our reasoning, and way of thinking. ...read more.


Conclusion: In conclusion, I feel that I have been able to research, present and analyse information successfully, while conveying the message that overall before coming to a steady decision, we should consider all possible options and impartially decide what is best not just for ourselves, but also for others, while taking into consideration the moral and ethical implications, as well as all that will be affected by this decision. As my personal opinion, I believe that the solution is for every child to be educated and informed of the problems related to the constant forest fires, and the increase of them. By doing this, in the future they will be able to think of alternatives, and find long-term solutions. I also think that we should follow the idea of increasing tax prices, and the public should pay. During this essay, I have learnt that even though this could be a suitable decision, there will be many conflicts and disagreement, so it shows that no matter what decision we make, we can never be completely impartial, nor can we satisfy everyone's perceptive. ...read more.

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