Environmental Ethics

This list of topical resources is collated and maintained by the Bioethics Research Library of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, as part of a growing collection intended to help beginning scholars and researchers explore bioethics.


Environmental ethics focuses on the ethical relationships of human beings with the natural world and with other living beings. Van Rensselaer Potter, a biochemist and research oncologist, used the word “bioethics” in 1970 to mean an interdisciplinary study bridging science and humanities aimed at ensuring the survival of human species and the biosphere. Potter was concerned with long-range environmental concerns, population growth, and developing a normative ethic for global health.

Within mainstream bioethics, these critical issues sometimes have been overshadowed by biomedical advances, but recent years have witnessed a more widespread interest and resurgence of respect for their centrality and importance. The Bioethics Research Library continues to collect significant resources addressing these global concerns. The following information will assist patrons searching for a variety of sources, information, and ethical commentary.

Environmental Ethics Journals

  • Agriculture and Human Values
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Values
  • Ethics and the Environment
  • Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics

Selected Additional Resources