In ch 1 speth lists important changes in the world in

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-In Ch. 1, Speth lists important changes in the world in the 20th century (especially since WWII) connected to environmental degradation. He calls this the “expansion of the human enterprise.” What does he mean by “expansion of the human enterprise,” and what are the consequences of this expansion? -Starting on p. 30 he lists the main threats to biodiversity/ecosystems. There are 9 of them. What are they? -Speth talks about how, in the 1960’s and 70’s, the US successfully dealt with some emerging domestic environmental problems. Starting on p. 87 he talks about why it was/is difficult to move from those domestic successes to the global arena. What are the reasons he brings up?
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-He considers efforts to stop ozone-depletion to be an example of success on the international level. But this is pretty much the only success that he recognizes at the international level. Why was ozone a success, and why has nothing else been a success? (p. 94 – and then ch. 5.) What does he have to say about the role of the US in international efforts to combat environmental degradation? -So far, the path that world governments have taken in dealing with environmental problems is to devise treaties. Speth is skeptical that treaties can solve the problem, because treaties can’t really speak to the “root causes.” Starting in ch. 8 he lists what he considers to be the root causes. Look at these, and try to understand why – based on his analysis of root causes – he is skeptical about treaties or international laws as the solution to the world’s environmental challenges. Speth suggests some solutions to our environmental problems, including “green jazz,” and his 8-fold path. No need to know all the specific details, but have some idea of what he is getting at.
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