The Ethics of Caring In Environmental Ethics defined care ethics in a way I could deeply understand. It is based on the caretaking of self and others. Not only should you be caring for yourself but for others as well, including nonhuman objects. This passage highlights the importance of caring for our environment, such as the water and trees. If we did not have trees and water, we would not be able to survive. We are killing ourselves by destroying our community. I connected this piece with the Black Women and Motherhood by Patricia Hill Collins. Collins expresses the perception of all white men and women, as well as black men and women on black motherhood. She states that black mothers seem to become apart of the term “othermothers.” Othermothers consist of caring and nurture children of the community as if they were their own. I connected the two passages because they both consist of pointing out how they affect the community. By caring for trees as if they were our children is the same as being a othermother. Without care/caretaking we would have nothing. Everyone would be egocentric and not think twice of the effects it would have on others and our community. Caring is very different from utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is based on looking past self interest to benefit the greater good for the better number. Caring includes paying close attention to the needs of self and also for others.