I once thought as you did about environmental issues, but have since changed for a view point that sits better with my conscience. The Lorax portrays a message of what happens when we take for granted the God given gifts we have been given. We were put here to enjoy, take care of, and live among all God’s creations. That is not to say that we should never cut down a tree or drill for oil but your conscience will tell you that it is immoral to recklessly destroy the environment.
I believe that is a sensible viewpoint... we should not uselessly and wastefully destroy our environment. The issue is about what legislation should be in place regarding environmental protection.
The answer to that question is relatively simple and is found by studying virtue ethics. Aristotle states that virtue is the mean between two extremes, and is acquired by practice. How is one able to practice virtue if it is illegal to commit vice?
This could get into an argument between tyranny and anarchy based on what vice is defined as but for this simple purpose I will assume that we have defined a very base level of socially accepted virtue that is widely accepted as being immoral to go below that level and as such illegal. Spectrums of vice and virtue still exist above the bounds of the law and I believe that is where this issue falls.
In conclusion, I disagree with most environmental legislation but for very different reasons.
Also I’m glad to hear parents are still reading to their kids! haha
I like this comment.
Plus its always good to read to your children. :D