POL208Y1 Lecture : Environment/Human rights lecture

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15 Mar 2012
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*understanding the environement topic, think about tragedy of the commons, collective action problem, free rider problems. The water lily (perils of exponential growth. We only know were facing crisis when it"s too late. Conclusions resource depletion (there are limits to growth and we"re approaching them quickly. Malthus the prob of population: we"re not producing enough food. Must consider interaction between 5 factors: population, food, industrial production, non-renewable resources, pollution. Neo-malthusianism human consumption will overshoot: should have happened a long time ago! The ultimate resource prices go up, our incentives change, we have more incentive to innovate. Neo-malthusianism targets the poor, absolves the rich. Lifeboat ethics the case against helping the poor. World is huge stormy ocean with lifeboats (rich countries) everyone else is drowning (poor countries) By helping the people in need, you"re not helping anyone cause everyone will end up drowning. The un conference on the human environment 1972 boycotted by the eastern bloc.

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