Structure - Power relationships between
individuals, organizations, and governments
(all 3 branches)
Institutions - Leadership, authority, regulation
Function - Goal attainment
Relation to Natural World How goals are set
and decisions are made r
ENR 2300 30290
Brazils Amazon Conservation in Peril
Rafael M. Almeida, Thomas E. Lovejoy, Fabio Roland
July 15, 2016
This article from Science Magazine online focuses on how the conservation efforts in
Brazil to protect the Amazon are being p
Ecosystems What is a system?
What is a system?
a group of body organs or structures that
together perform one or more vital functions
see circulatory system, digestive system,
endocrine system, limbic system, nervous
system, reproductive system,
Dr. Eric Toman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Major requirement: SENR
GE Social Science Course
Tues 2:00 3:30 in Kottman Hall 305
Wed 3:00 4:30 in Kottman Hall 461
Or by appo
What did you see?
Who were the individuals and groups involved
in the controversy?
What were the main issues?
Describe the role of public and private lands
Is this a complex or wicked problem? Why?
The Politics of Trees
Debrief and Implications
ON 5 NOVEMBER 2015, two mining dams
jointly owned by Vale and BHP Billiton collapsed in Brazil. The toxic sludge wiped out
whole villages, leaving 19 dead and sufocating 600 km of one of Brazils most valuabl
ENR 2300 9/20 Economy-Polity: Property
80% of federal workforce
Formal power relationships in the U.S. government
power to own and manage lands in public domain is established in U.S.
federalism- power is not concentrat
Structure - Symbolic relationships based on
beliefs, values, attitudes and norms
Institutions - Family, Education,
Science, Religion, The Arts
Function - Pattern maintenance
Relation to Natural World - Source of values,
beliefs, attitudes; influence de
Preserve 200,000 hectares of rainforest (including
some indigenous groups living largely traditional
lifestyle) with payments from international
Develop oil ($7.2 billion dollars of estimated oil)
Economy - Polity
General or abstract principles of a body of
fact, a science, offered to explain phenomena
Relate events to general principles to reveal
Examples of phenomena?
Different levels of Theory