they were able to try out a new way of life and have the courage to return to the old. I feel like that is not common. 4. I’m curious how long it took for them to realize how much damage was being done to the environment and how long until they did something about it if anything. 5. Reading about the damage that mining can do with the vegetation downstream and the fish was very depressing, it appears that no amount of damage would make the mines shut down.
6. After reading this chapter I think starting mining in an area should be carefully considered from all aspects before beginning. Especially because of the fact that even after the mining stops it will affect the environment and those around it for years to come. 7. I find It outrageous that the indigenous people of Iranian Jaya were not even paid compensation for the damage done to their land by the mines. Chapter 8 1. The book made an interesting point that drastic environmental changes can have a good or bad effect on a culture. 2. I had never heard the term “environmental refugees” are those whose habitat is changed by the current environment so much so that they have to move but I understand why some would not want to be called a refugee. After all they are still in the same nation. 3. When the book was talking about the probability of a hazardous event happening they mentioned that there were insurance companies and gamblers concerned about them. Are there actual people that gamble on natural disasters? 4. In relation to the oil spill in the North Sea, it would seem to me that not telling nearby residents adequate warning to stay inside for instance would be unlawful. Chapter 9 1. I had never thought before to draw a connection between religion and spirituality to the environment and our adaptations. But if you think about it there are many cases where religion or spirituality tie us to our environment and could possibly influence our decisions on it. 2. If something is considered sacred to a culture it is more likely to be safe, I am glad to hear that at least some areas in the world have this label on them to protect them. 3. I found it interesting to read about the Cree hunters view on animals, that they decide
- Spring '13
- Anthropology, Environmental Anthropology, Patricia K. Townsend, O’Brien Human Ecology