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This concept believes human beings are the central and most significant species of
the Earth and that other species (plants and animals) are made to serve the needs of humans.
Anthropocentric view focuses on, and takes care of humans and all other living things that sustains human lives and ignores several other things that do not seem to have immediate value to humanity.
Anthropocentrism has negative effects on the environment and on sustainable development which, according to the United Nations definitionm is the development that meets the needs of the present generation without comprising the ability of the future generations to meet their needs. Sole focus on humans relief humans of the responsibility of taking care of the environment or the nature. This view favours developments meeting the needs of the people of today regardless of what havoc it does to the environment and cares less that the future generation can meet their developmental needs. A good example is the development of fossil fuel resources (coal, oil, gas, shale, oil sands) to meet the insatiable energy needs of the current generation without thoughts for the impact our practice will have on the future generation. Such impacts include, running out of fuels and degradating the environment by the unclean methods we adopt to develop those resources.
Anthropocentrism has been the dominant view in our world for decades and this has negatively impacted the environment and caused nature imbalance, climate change / global warming, and environmental degradation.
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Anthropocentrism - Wikipedia