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19:12 Environmental Problems are Human Problems Humans create environmental problems through efforts to exploit or manage nature Pursuit of economic development, growth and jobs has also lead to the degradation of the environment Environment influenced by cultural values and attitudes, our social class, our technology, and our relationship with others. Sociology - considers the interactions between our physical and natural environment with our social organization and social behavior Functionalist Perspective When examining an ecosystem, functionalists examine the entire system and its components Would argue that environmental problems develop from the system itself Environmental problems emerge from dysfunctions of modern living, the result of agricultural and industrial modes of production Conflict Perspective Public discourse on environmental problems is often framed in terms of costs and interests Environmental problems created by competition for power, income, and interests Capitalist system encourages pollution because air and water are treated as infinite and free resources Environmental racism – any environmental policy, practice, or
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