Ethical Dimensions of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems




Figure 3.1 Energy Infrastructure
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This lesson will cover the basic principles of global climate change and how the warming of the climate is driving the push towards innovation and adoption of renewable energy technologies, processes, policies, and cultures. This lesson will look at the push for renewables as a necessary condition for beginning to address the climate problem at its main source, namely, greenhouse gasses emitted as a byproduct of the burning of fossil fuels and other industrial processes. The call to address climate change is, at its root, an ethical imperative which further underpins the drive for renewables.

Lesson Objectives

  • Articulate the relationship between climate change and the drive for renewable energy.
  • Explain environmental arguments for the move to renewable energy.
  • Identify ethical reasons for considering renewables.
  • Identify ethical challenges to adopting renewables.

What is due for Lesson 3?

This lesson will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Course Syllabus for specific time frames and due dates. Specific directions for the assignment below can be found in this lesson.

Lesson 3: Assignments
Requirements Assignment Details
To Do Familiarize yourself with all the Lesson 3 Readings and assignments.
Read Week 3:

Week 3: Post questions and comments in the discussion forum. To post, go to the course in Canvas, click on Lesson 3 folder, and post to Lesson 3 Discussion. Complete Ethics Matrix 2 and Stakeholder Analysis Worksheet. To submit, go to the course in Canvas, click on Lesson 3 folder, and click on Submit Ethics Matrix 2b and Stakeholder Analysis Matrix.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not email), located under the Discussions tab in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.