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E-waste, the disposal of electronic products, has become a huge problem; television sets, computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices we dispose of contain toxic substances that are harmful to us and the surrounding environment Treadmill of Production Theory - The industrial capitalist economy is at odds with protecting the environment because corporations need more resources to expand production and remain profitable - A nation’s economic health is measured in terms of economic growth, which is based on increased production and consumption
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- It is impossible to think of sustainable development if a nation’s economic health is measured in terms of growth Ecological Modernization Theory - Scientific discoveries will keep pace with human and environmental pressures and allow economic expansion without destroying the environment - Under the proper political, economic, and technological conditions, capitalists are naturally drawn toward environmentally responsible techniques as soon as there is a market for them - As the demand for environmentally friendly products increases, companies will rush to fill this need as a result of the workings of a ‘free market’ Deep Ecology Theory - Four Fundamental Principles: 1. All life forms on Earth have intrinsic value and are being threatened by human activity 2. Human life is privileged to the extent of satisfying immediate and vital needs in order to survive 3. Maintaining and promoting biodiversity requires decreasing human contact in wilderness areas and increasing wilderness areas around the world 4. Economic, cultural, and technological change is necessary in order to diminish the size of the human population, and by doing so to increase the likelihood of preserving the natural environment - Fulfilling these principles requires practical and realistic changes to people’s world views and lifestyles - One way to get there is to live in small scale decentralized communities as a way of building a connection between nature and achieving self-realization Technology Some things to consider… - Technology can’t solve problems that have to do with human behavior and lifestyle choices - When we think of how technologies benefit us personally, we ignore their political, economic, social, and environmental effects - We have become so dependent on many technologies that we can’t possibly think what life would be like without them - Accepting big, complex and expensive technologies like telephones, assembly lines, automobiles, television, computers, satellites, airline travel, fast food, factory farming, and container shipping means accepting large centralized hierarchically controlled organizations that make decisions for us; we can’t have one without the other Side effects - Global warming - Public infrastructure crisis in cities - Disposal of hazardous waste, including ‘e-waste’
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- Loss of plant and animal species - Rising levels of consumer debt - Cultural and class warfare - Health hazards, including the spread of diseases Computers -
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