ch02_Sustainability

ch02_Sustainability - Environmental Sustainability and...

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Environmental Sustainability and Human Values Chapter 2
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The Global Commons The Tragedy of the Commons (1968 essay) Garrett Hardin Our inability to solve environmental problems stems from the conflict between short-term individual welfare and long-term environmental sustainability Used Medieval shared pastureland (the commons) as example.
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Human Use of the Earth Learning Objectives: 1. Define sustainable development 2. Outline some of the 3. Complexities associated with the concept of sustainable consumption 4. Define voluntary simplicity
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Sustainability The ability to meet humanity’s current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs Sustainable Development Economic growth that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs Must meet the needs of the poor Can only occur within the limits of the environment Cannot sustain everyone at the levels of consumption of the US, Europe, and Japan. Human Use of the Earth
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What is Living Sustainably? means living off of income & not depleting the capital that supplies the income. If you inherit $1 million, invest this capital at 10% interest, you will have a sustainable annual income of? you can spend up to $100,000 a year without touching your capital.
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Human Use of the Earth
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Consumption overpopulation: People use more than their share of resources Affluent lifestyle Leads to pollution and degradation Sustainable Consumption: People use their share of resources to meets their needs Must improve the quality of life for the poor Minimizes the use of resources Voluntary Simplicity Human Use of the Earth
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Voluntary Simplicity Requires behavioral change: purchasing less Accumulation of goods does not equal happiness Values and character define a person, not what they own E.g., car-sharing, using public transportation, etc. Not popular with
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2011 for the course ENV 1009 taught by Professor Rodriguez during the Spring '10 term at Broward College.

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