Health care is ubiquitous in the industrialized world. Yet, every medical development, technique, and procedure impacts the environment. Green bioethics synthesizes environmental ethics and biomedical ethics, thus creating an interdisciplinary approach to sustainable health care. Notably, green bioethics addresses not the structure of environmental sustainability in health-care institutions but the sustainability of individual health-care offerings. It parallels traditional biomedical ethics by providing four principles for ethical guidance: distributive justice, resource conservation, simplicity, and ethical economics. Through these four principles, green bioethics presents a coherent framework for evaluating the sustainability of medical developments, techniques, and procedures. The future of our world may very well depend on how effectively we halt ecological destruction and conserve our resources in all areas of life. The principles of green bioethics, outlined in this book, will advance sustainability in health care.
Foreword, by Paul R. Ehrlich
Part I. Approaches to Sustainability and Health Care
Chapter 1. Environmental Bioethics
Chapter 2. Green Bioethics
Part II. Principles of Green Bioethics
Chapter 3. Distributive Justice
Chapter 4. Resource Conservation
Chapter 5. Simplicity
Chapter 6. Ethical Economics
Part III. Green Bioethics in Practice
Chapter 7. The Green Patient
Chapter 8. The Green Doctor
Chapter 9. The Green Health-Care Plan
"Cristina Richie’s book is a bold and provocative effort to join bioethics and environmental challenges. At stake are the good of our bodies and the good of our planet. Richie’s book takes important steps in bringing them together."
—Daniel Callahan, Cofounder and President Emeritus, The Hastings Center
"This book restructures bioethics and its principles. It may just catalyze changes in how we treat Mother Nature. Health and health care rely on her resources. Read this book!"
—Cheryl C. Macpherson, Professor and Head, Bioethics Division, St. George’s University, Grenada, and Editor of Bioethical Insights into Values and Policy: Climate Change and Health
"In Principles of Green Bioethics Cristina Richie transcends the bounds of traditional bioethics and examines how our relationship to the environment impacts moral choices in health care and public health. Richie articulates a novel and visionary ethical framework and makes some useful recommendations for health practice and policy. Her work merits serious attention and discussion."
—David B. Resnik, Bioethicist and Chair of the NIEHS Institutional Review Board for Human Subjects Research