The Chair of Environmental Ethics arises from the interest in addressing environmental problems using an integrative and open vision. It is an initiative to promote educational and research activities in the areas that concern moral and ethical values associated with environmental conservation.

We believe that environmental issues have been mainly addressed in a compartmentalized way, ignoring important sectors of society, as well as relevant aspects of culture and human condition. Reductionist approaches do not facilitate comprehensive consideration of the environment, consisting of physical and biological aspects, but also social, economic and cultural ones, which should also be considered.

Although it would be unrealistic trying to cover all these areas from a single initiative, we propose the Chair as a meeting place between all the agents, serving as a modest contribution to a more integrated analysis of the relationships between people and the natural environment.

More specifically, the purpose of the Chair can be summarized in two lines:

- To promote research and education on ethical and moral roots of environmental conservation, including both philosophical and theological issues.

- To encourage interdisciplinary reflection on the implications of these ethical principles.