The term bioethics describes the ethics of medical and biological research. Environmental ethics focuses on the relationships between humans and non-human components of the environment.
I'd like to know if there's a term for the esthetic appreciation of Nature. The word bioesthetics has apparently been co-opted by dentists. Then again, what I'm talking about is actually bigger than biology.
Think about an environment composed of countless species of plants, animals and micro-organisms that have evolved over thousands and millions of years, many of them developing complex relationships with other species, along with the diverse minerals, chemicals, water bodies and climatic factors that make up the abiotic factor.
If you chop down the trees, poison the waters and pave everything, it's gone forever. Obviously, we've lost something of practical (ecological) value.
But many people also mourn the loss of something that's aesthetic in a similar sense to a book, an opera or a carefully crafted clock.
Is there a term for environmental esthetics (other than "environmental esthetics," which doesn't appear to be too popular)? Or is there a discipline or paradigm that focuses on environmental esthetics?
In other words, if you wanted to do some research on environmental esthetics, from a philosophical point of view, what key words would you search for?