Lifeboat Ethics – Discussion

  1. Thoroughly read chapters 12 and 13.
  2. Read Lifeboat Ethics essay written by Garrett Hardin in 1974. Please understand that this is an article to make you think about a concept and is NOT an actual article about how we should not help starving people.  Please do not copy or redistribute this article due to copyright laws. I am simply referring you to the article website such that you may read it and participate in the class discussion.


Lifeboat Ethics – Discussion

  • Lifeboat Ethics – Discussion
  • AFTER reading the article on the Garrett Hardin Society website entitled Lifeboat Ethics, A case against helping the poor, you will need to submit a 350 word initial response on the board (25 points).

Day 7

  1. Read over Chapters 18 and 19.
  2. Use EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator site to see your current carbon footprint- you will need to use this in the discussion below. https://www3.epa.gov/carbon-footprint-calculator/
  3. Review the articles on global warming and really think about our future. 
  4. Participate in Global Warming Discussion Board.


Global Climate Change articles


Read these articles and watch the documentary and then participate in the discussion board. 


Global Warming Discussion


Read all the current articles on climate change and do your carbon footprint. Discuss what you can and are willing to do to help with this enormous problem. You may also want to discuss what you are not willing to do and why? It is a great chance to really take the time to examine your own thoughts and behavoirs and why or whyk not you are willing to help with this problem. 

Must be at least 150 words and is worth 5 points.

Day 8

Watch powerpoint lecture called


Your Energy Usage – Discussion


The easiest way to estimate how much energy you use is to look at your utility bills. You may have just an electric bill or you may have a gas bill and electric bill for your house. One student in my previous class had a windmill that provided all his energy for his house plus he sold the extra back to the electric company!


Look at your bills and share how much energy (probably in Kilowatt hours) you are using. (Obviously you do not have to share the total cost, we are only looking at total kilowatts used.) Look at your classmate’s energy usage and compare yours. 20 points.

Make a few comments on your energy usage such as:

  • where you think most of your energy use goes 
  • where you think you waste the most energy
  • name one thing you can do to conserve