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April 3 , 2013 4/3/2013 12:25:00 PM Sociology and the Environment: Indian Ocean Tsunami – 2004 BP Oil Spill – 2010 Sydney Tar Ponds Nova Scotia Ch. 26 SIQ: “Climate change: analysis and prospects”  climate change and its impact o Long term Climate Change:  global warming  rising sea levels  rising water temperatures  melting glaciers  extinction of plant animal species  heavy precipitation  severe droughts  policy measures o adaptation and mitigation  barriers to implementation o economic barriers  capital investments to make such changes  All of this is tied to political will  There are a lot of things that we can do to address climate change: o Types of energy used o Infrastructure o Planning o Agriculture o Waste management Sociological perspective:  Try to understand how it adversely consequences certain groups of people  Such groups are: o People involved in agriculture  Most directly impacted o Poor people  Around the world especially in the global south o These two together:  Know that a greater proportion of the worlds agricultural workers are female and a greater of proportion of the worlds population are female  Climate change disproportionately impacts females  Women are more vulnerable than men to climate change and natural disasters  Examples: o Hurricane Katrina – more women were affected by it o Indian Ocean Tsunami – more females died o Why?  Women not taught how to swim  Care-giving prevented women from fleeing quickly  Not fleeing homes in time because they are waiting for an authoritative figures to tell them how to escape Q: which groups might be more adversely impacted by climate change? 1. Attitudes and behaviours Measuring attitudes:  Economic contingency hypothesis: o When economic conditions are bad people are going to be more focused on the economy  Debate of the power plant in Oakville o Decided not to build the power plant in Oakville Does concern about the environment vary by socio-demographic variables?  Yes  Certain groups of people are more likely to care about the environment Which groups are more likely to express concern about the environment? A. More highly educated individuals B. young people C. politically liberal individuals D. Urban residents E. All of the above Behaviours:  Do
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