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“one person’s degradation is another’s accumulation” PE start point - costs and benefits associated with environmental change are distributed unequally o who is vulnerable and who benefits political, social, economic differences account for uneven distribution of costs and benefits environmental change can reinforce power imbalances environmental problems are therefore primarily social problems
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Politics of Political Ecology - environmental change brings unevenly distributed benefits and harms, opportunities and risks o environmental issues foreground questions of justice, equity, empowerment o how are benefits and harms unevenly distributed o and how can more equitable distributions be achieved Deep Ecology Gaia Hypothesis - James Lovelock scientist - The world is seen as unitary, complex, living system - The biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere and the pedosphere are tightly coupled as an evolving system - That seeks optimal conditions for life - The Anthropocene could be seen as the destruction of this evolutionary tendency ‘Deep Ecology’ - “our interference with nature is arrogant, excessive, causing global loss of biodiversity and habitat. Our solutions are superficial, piece-meal, anthropocentric, perpetuating biblical domination of all life” - what is needed is a paradigm shift of consciousness from ego centered identity to eco- philosophy - Where deeper identification with all living beings leads to self-actualization as mature compassionate “ecoselves” with respect, reverence for all non-human life/ecosystems The tenets of Deep Ecology 1. All creatures have intrinsic value 2. All beings simple and complex contribute to life’s richness 3. Humans should use other beings only to satisfy basic needs 4. Human interference with the world is excessive and worsening 5. Human policy must change radically in economics, technology, ideology 6. Animal health depends on decreasing the number of humans 7. Quality of life is more important than standard of living 8. Everyone who believes in these tenets must work for change From critique to action - Deep ecology is predicated on the idea that current social organisation o Is brutally destructive to itself and other life forms o Does not make people happy o Satisfaction of wants simply generates new wants o And endless cycle of trying to fill emptiness o That drives on conquest and domination both individual and collective And a fundamental alienation from the world around us Slow down Fast - Emphasis on localisation - And a simple life - Degrowth movement
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- Appropriate and non-invasive technology - Transition towns - Re-indigenisation - Buen VIvir - Buddhist Economics LECTURE 3 – Oil Peak Oil - “oil is the lifeblood of industrial society. The inevitable decline in global conventional petroleum production will gradually strangle the world economy, starting with the most oil-dependant nations” VS - “technology moves so quickly today that any looming resource constraint will be nothing more than a blip”’ What is Oil -
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