ES 9_14_09 Sustainability

ES 9_14_09 Sustainability - Sustainability • Sustainable...

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9/14/09 1 Why Environmental Studies? Environmental Studies • Global environmental concerns • Themes – Sustainability – Science
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9/14/09 2 What is SUSTAINABILITY? • Most popular definition coined in 1983 by the UN’s Brundtland Commission: – Satisfying the BASIC NEEDS of PEOPLE WITHOUT DEPLETING or DEGRADING natural resources – Not preventing current and FUTURE GENERATIONS of humans and other species from meeting their basic needs • Opinions by scientists, economists, policy theorists, politicians, ethicists, naturalists Is it possible to work together?
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9/14/09 3 21st Century Goal:
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Unformatted text preview: Sustainability • Sustainable Development – Oxymoron? • Earth Summits – http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/ • UN Millennium Development Goals – http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/ Dimensions to Sustainability • Ecological • Economical • Political • (Oversimplified?) 9/14/09 4 What is a “Conservation Ethic”? • People and Nature – Acknowledge “People affect the environment, and the environment also affects people.” – Use scientific analysis of an environmental controversy (resource use, allocation, and protection) and cooperative problem solving...
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This note was uploaded on 12/26/2009 for the course LSP T07.5005.0 taught by Professor Caseyking during the Fall '09 term at NYU.

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