August 23rd, 2011 by Hasham
Principles Of Ethical
The ethics of Living Futures are adapted from the ethics of the permaculture system. Permaculture was developed by Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in Australia in late 1960s and early 1970s. David Holmgren describes it as an “integrated design science” for creating sustainable, low energy systems. It has been used to design several food production systems across the world and has also spawned the growing Transition Town movement, which seeks to prepare communities for a world facing energy decline.The principle of Earth Care requires us to pay attention to our place within the broader global ecosystem, acknowledging that if it is not healthy and functioning we will not survive.At a local level, one at which we are able to make a real difference, this means stewardship of the land and soil – acknowledging that careful stewardship will create sustainable long-term yields and can therefore serve both our own needs and those of future generations.
It is also about preserving natural diversity and having respect for living things, recognising that they have intrinsic value as part of the whole and not just when they are of value to us. This is turn supports the whole natural system, therefore helping to increase yields and sustainability of the system including that part which provides value for us. Beyond stewardship of the land itself, Earth Care encompasses a wider stewardship of the home, the locality, the region and the country, understanding that we have a duty and responsibility to care for those resources which we understand and over which we have a measure of control.This, therefore, makes it imperative upon us to reduce our impact and treat other parts of nature with respect, accepting that when we kill other living things we should do so consciously and respectfully. By doing so we will create the conditions for our profit from the system sustainably over the long-term.
Ethical principles are fundamental to clinical social work. Ethics are precepts that guide the moral conduct of professionals; they are not the same as practice standards, which prescribe competent practice at various levels of development. Clinical social workers who are board certified by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work (ABE) are required to adhere to its ethics code. They must also observe ethics codes and precepts of relevant state statutes and regulations of the social work membership organizations, employing agencies, or uniformed services to which they may belong.
ABE’s Ethics Code consists of general principles rather than specific rules and regulations. Specific rules and regulations are contained in various sections of some state license statutes, state Societies for Clinical Social Work, and the National Association of Social Workers.Through discussion, we have found that the two most important ethical principles we use to define our personal value ethics are those of self interests and personal virtues. Intertwining these two principles leaves room for productivity maximization while simultaneously cutting out room for unethical loop holes.
As written by LaRue Hosmer, the ethical principle of self interests can be defined as “never take any action that is not in the long-term self-interests of yourself and the organization to which you belong.” It should go without saying that these actions should be made without interfering with other’s rights. As Denis G. Arnold explains in his essay “The Justification of Human Rights” people must claim freedom and well-being as necessary qualifiers for their success and thus must acknowledge these rights to all other people as well.Hosmer also writes about the ethical principle of personal virtues. He states that, according to this principle, we must treat others with courtesy and fairness. Further, one should “never take any action that is not honest, open, and truthful, and which you would not be proud to see reported widely in national newspapers and on television.”
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