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Unformatted text preview: 322 CONTENTS Chapter 5: The Natural World and the Environment Chapter Introduction Robert Frost, The Gift Outright John Muir, Hetch Hetchy Valley Leslie Silko, Landscape, History, and the Pueblo Migration Alex Ross, Song of the Earth Garrett Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons Jon Gertner, The Future Is Drying Up Rachel Carson, And No Birds Sing Marc Hauser, Wild Minds: What Animals Really Think Andy Opel and Jason Smith, ZooTycoon TM: Capitalism, Nature, and the Pursuit of Happiness John Ryan and Alan Durning, Stuff: The Secret Lives of Everyday Things Michael Pollan, Power Steer Chris Jordan, Running the Numbers Diane Sicotte, Dealing in Toxins on the Wrong Side of the Tracks: Lessons from a Hazardous Waste Controversy in Pheonix John Grimond, Troubled Water Edward Burtynsky, Industrialization in China Jane Goodall, My Four Reasons for Hope Paul Wapner, Environmental Ethics and Global Governance: Engaging the International Liberal Tradition Conclusions Fredrick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom 323 Chapter Five: The Natural World and the Environment In this final chapter, the concept of a good society is examined at a global level by examining the effects of humans and society on the natural world. Throughout this text, the idea of a good society has been investigated at all levels, beginning with the individual level and culminating in this chapter with investigation of a good society at a global level. One of the most urgent global issues is the sustainability of our natural world. The influence of human interactions on the natural world has gained prominence over the past decade, and momentum for change is increasing. Phrases such as global warming and carbon footprint have become an integral part of everyday language, an indicator of the extensive awareness of the existing environmental problems. As you read this chapter, think about your place in the natural world. Where do you fit in? What impact have you had on the environment? What can you do? When evaluating the effects that humans have inflicted on the natural world, it is important to first reflect on our own interpretation of the natural world. Do we perceive ourselves to as one species in a global ecosystem, do we perceive ourselves as custodians of an entity (nature) which is separate from ourselves, or do we perceive the environment in other ways? Ones perception of the natural world varies as a result of a wide range of factors, such as personal experiences and culture. For example, in John Muirs Hetch Hetchy Valley, written in 1912, he describes the beauty of the valley and his concerns for the potential loss of this treasure as pressure to build a reservoir to provide water to San Francisco grew. Most of us never had the opportunity to experience Hetch Hetchy Valley; most of us only know of it as OShaughnessy dam and reservoir, which it has been for nearly 100 years. In spite of the passage of time, there still exists reservoir, which it has been for nearly 100 years....
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