ROOTS OF THE CONTEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

ROOTS OF THE CONTEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS - ROOTS OF...

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ROOTS OF THE CONTEMPORARY ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS Introduction Most informed observers agree that humanity currently faces serious environmental problems: resource depletion, extensive air & water pollution with major public-health consequences, massive deforestation, a huge spike in species extinctions, global warming (anthropogenic climate change), and so on Main disagreements concern 1) causes of these problems, and 2) what should be done about them This lecture focuses on the first question, although the second one will be addressed in the final section In particular, I want to elaborate on the possible relationships between general ecological principles surveyed earlier in this course and the causes of the contemporary environmental crisis (hereafter, "CEC") Western Cultural Values First argument I want to consider is that the CEC is best understood as a consequence of Western cultural values There are several variants of this argument, differing primarily by which specific values are charged as guilty, and why:
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ANT ANT2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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