GEOG101_-_Lecture_07

GEOG101_-_Lecture_07 - Nature, Society and Disasters By...

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Unformatted text preview: Nature, Society and Disasters By Erin Joakim PhD Candidate University of Waterloo Agenda Nature and Disasters What is Nature, Society Perspectives (religion) on Nature Human Impacts on Nature Religion and disasters Linking nature, society and disasters What is Nature? Close your eyes and picture nature What do you see?? What is Nature? Nature and Society Where did this perception of nature come from? For example Canadian, movies, environmental movements Where did your perception of nature come from?? What is Nature? Nature: a social creation as well as the physical environment that includes human beings Nature is not just objects, but a reflection of: Philosophies Belief systems ideologies Shape how we think about nature and how we use it = society What is Society? Society is the sum of the inventions, institutions, and relationships created and reproduced by human beings across particular places and times Nature and society are interrelated Nature is both a physical realm and a social creation Nature and Society Nature, society and disasters What is the connection?? Because we regard nature as a social creation, it is important to understand the many social ideas of nature present in society today and especially the history of those ideas. Perspectives on Nature Three ways religion impacts perspectives Shapes beliefs about the natural world and its importance Rituals may impact the way in which resources are used (i.e. Jewish dietary laws) Ethical systems may impact the way in which resources are used (i.e. distribution of resources) Perspectives on Nature The most prominent idea of nature in Western culture is derived from the Judeo- Christian tradition, a belief that nature is an entity to be dominated by humans. Humans and nature both created by God, but Man is created in Gods image so Man is separate from nature Perspectives on Nature Judeo-Christian tradition Adam and Eve, Garden of Eden and dominion over plants and animals Nature should serve humans Perspectives on Nature Humans and nature Lets go back to my picture of nature Perspectives on Nature Animism Belief that natural phenomena possess a spirit or consciousness Humans cannot be separated from nature Textbook, pages 146 - 147 Historical Human Impacts on Nature Historical Human Impacts on Nature Agriculture Environmental impacts of agricultural activities Deforestation Soil degradation Simplification of ecosystems Historical Human Impacts on Nature Agriculture Environmental impacts of agricultural activities Deforestation Soil degradation Simplification of ecosystems Ecosystem Community of different species interacting with one another and with the larger physical environment that surrounds them Biological diversity replaced with crops Historical Human Impacts on Nature...
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GEOG101_-_Lecture_07 - Nature, Society and Disasters By...

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