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Class 64 Environment and Society

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University of British Columbia
SOCI 100
Debra Pentecost

In Class (64) Notes 03-18-2013 Values  Is the environment part of the economy? Or is the economy part of the environment? Environmental Paradigms: See table 16-1 p390  Dominant paradigm  Alternative environmental paradigm Dominant Paradigm for Recent Centuries  Anchored by 2 core values: o Material wealth creation – economic growth o Humans have inalienable right to dominate nature – harness environment to that end  All major institutions reflect widespread acceptance of this paradigm. Alternative Environmental Paradigm  Emphasize smaller-scale  Decentralized economic and political structures  In harmony with nature – delicate balance of ecosystems  Earth’s resources are limited  Little confidence in science and technology to come up with technological fix for material and energy shortages “Sustainable Development”  Attempt to bridge differences between 2 paradigms  “Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”  Is it possible? Can we achieve a new form of economic growth? Both environmentally aware and egalitarian? Environmental Attitudes and Concerns  Do pro-environmental attitudes convert into environmentally-friendly behavior? Doesn’t seem to…  “Most people say they
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