APSC150 tutorial 1-4

APSC150 tutorial 1-4 - APSC 150 Assignment #4:...

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1 APSC 150 Assignment #4: Communicating Sustainability: Definitions, Common Language and Strategic Planning This section is provided for your reference. The Four System Conditions: In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematic I. … increases in concentration of substances extracted from the Earth's crust (lithosphere) II. increases in concentration of substances produced by society III. increases of physical degradation and destruction of nature and natural processes And in that society, IV. ...people will not be subject to the systematic undermining of their capability to meet their own needs. When used as principles to guide an organization, company, group etc, the system conditions are called the sustainability principles and rephrased as follows: As a company working towards global socio-ecological sustainability, we will strive to eliminate our contributions to systematic ... I. … increases in concentration of substances extracted from the Earth's crust (lithosphere) II. … increases in concent ration of substances produced by society III. … increases of physical degradation and destruction of nature and natural processes IV. ...undermining of people’s capacity to meet their own needs. This is a minor distinction and is primarily of use when dealing with the planning process within organizations.
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2 Exercise 1: Understanding the Sustainability Challenge Do you agree or disagree with the following statements? Indicate with check marks in the appropriate boxes: (5 marks, 1 per answer) Agree Disagree “Growth in demand for resources is directly linked to the growth in the number of people on the planet” “Isolated, infrequent societal /environmental disasters are not necessarily a threat to global socio- ecological sustainability” “Wars, pollution and starvation cannot occur in a sustainable society” “The impacts we are currently having on our environment are the ones that we experience immediately” Systematic resource depletion is a symptom of current trends in consumption outpacing nature’s ability to replenish those resources” Exercise 2:Sustainability Principles Evaluate the actions of hypothetical companies or governments listed in the table below with respect to the sustainability principles presented during the lecture. If each action were to be carried out in an on-
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