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March 29 1. Definition of Sustainable development from Portney Reading https://gauchospace.ucsb.edu/courses/file.php/5988/sustainability_in_plannin g.pdf 2. Wack reading https://gauchospace.ucsb.edu/courses/file.php/5170/WackWorldChanging.pdf a. Attention Cycle i. Involves 5 Stages (pre problem stage, alarmed discovery and europhic enthusiasm, realizing the cost of significant progress, b. John Denvers Ambulance in the Valley i. Purpose is to make us think about how humans generally respond to challenges with the traditional reactive approach to problem solving. We understand what the best short and long term solutions are, yet we cannot implement them. 3. Downs Reading https://gauchospace.ucsb.edu/courses/file.php/5170/DownsIssueAttentionCycle.p df a. Planners relation and how publich is not always inling with them, they get side tracked b. Google issue attention cycle and climate change i. Issue Attention Cycle is how long an issue can remain on the minds of the public. In terms of climate change, there has been a reduced number of people who believe that there is anthropogenic warming. Thier views have gone back and forth since Downs wrote his article in 1972, but because results are gradual, only catastrophes can spark this debate. The gradualism of many changes means that we can ‘get used to’ living in a degraded environment. It becomes difficult to maintain climate change as a significant public concern. ii. The ‘Issue Attention Process’ does not follow a set time frame, but is often influenced by other factors, it is as event driven as most things are, events like more pressing problems intervening iii. the first stage — A group of experts and interest groups begin promoting a problem or crisis, which is soon followed by the alarmed discovery of the problem by the news media and broader political class. iv. This second stage — Typically includes a large amount of euphoric enthusiasm—you might call this the dopamine stage—as activists conceive the issue in terms of global salvation and redemption. One of the largest debilities of the climate campaign from the beginning was their having conceived the issue not as a practical problem, like traditional air pollution, but as an expression, in Gore’s view, of deeper spiritual and even metaphysical problems arising from our “dysfunctional civilization.” Gore is still thinking about the issue in these terms, grasping for another dopamine rush. In his February 28 New York Times article, he claimed that an international climate treaty would be “an instrument of human redemption.”
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v. The third stage is the hinge — As Downs explains, there comes “a gradually spreading realization that the cost of ‘solving’ the problem is very high indeed.” This is where we have been since the Kyoto process proposed completely implausible near-term reductions in fossil fuel energy—a fanatical monomania the climate campaign has been unable to shake. In retrospect it is now possible to grasp the irony that President
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This note was uploaded on 08/29/2011 for the course ENV S 135B taught by Professor Wack during the Spring '08 term at UCSB.

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