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Lesson Eight: Introduction to Sustainability Ethics


The following questions are meant to give you an idea of this lesson's primary learning objectives.  If you feel comfortable answering the questions without reviewing your notes, then you are on your way to knowing the content of this lesson.

  • How is the philosophical definition of ethics applicable to the field of chemistry?
  • How have past advances in technology presented us with some of the current environmental and health problems that exist today?
  • What are some of the potential consequences of not changing the way we do chemistry?  What will these consequences say about our ethics?
  • How can green chemistry alleviate some of the ethical problems we face with traditional chemistry?

Creative Thinking Challenge

Consider one product from your field (a drug, a chemical, etc.)  List all of the hazards associated with that product, then consider (and list) how each of those hazards will affect the next generation.  Can any of these hazards be prevented by using more greener processes?

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