ENV100H1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Kuznets Curve, Income Distribution, Ecological Footprint

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ENV100H1'–'LEC#8'–'CAN'ECONOMIC'GROWTH'SAVE'US?'(GUEST'LECTURE)'
Introduction'
! British(Columbia(has(a(carbon(tax(!(places(a(value(on(carbon(emissions(
! Connection(between(limits(and(boundaries(!(how(they(influence(progress(
Trudeau'
! Introducing(carbon(tax(!(says(we(need(to(phase(out(oil(usage/(greenhouse(gas(emissions(
o Note(the(emphasis(on(phasing,(it(needs(to(be(a(progressive(process(
! Notion(that(we(can(also(be(successful(as(a(society(while(still(protecting(the(environment(
Economic'Growth'as'a'Policy'Goal'
! G20(meetup(in(2017(!(also(placed(emphasis(on(environmental(preservation(
! Notion(that(society(needs(to(realize(that(there(are(other(ways(to(grow,(besides(economically(
o Other(forms(of(growth(could(be(social,(etc.(
What'Kind'of'Economic'Growth?'
! For(example,(sustainable,(smart,(clean,(green,(equal(growth(
o Emphasis(on(the(fact(that(growth(is(not(distributed(equally(amongst(individuals(
! Economic(growth(=(short(phenomenon(
! Higher(population(means(higher(resource(strains(and(higher(environmental(pressure(
Economics'of'Spaceship'Earth'(1996)'
! Like(earth,(a(spaceship(only(contains(so(many(resources(!(needs(to(sustain(occupants(
! Spaceship(earth:(notion(that(we(have(limits,(and(how(we(need(to(find(the(minimum(threshold(to(
survive(and(thrive(
! As(population(increases(there(is(a(larger(draw(on(resources(!(in(the(analogy,(more(food(you(
would(have(to(pack(up(
o This(leads(to(a(decrease(in(the(life/support(systems(
! Earth’s(carrying(capacity(!(to(provide(food,(housing,(and(energy(to(support(the(population(
o Unsure(as(to(what(the(exact(value/number(is,((but(we(do(acknowledge(the(presence(of(
this(threshold(
Flow'of'Circular'Motion'
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Env100h1 lec#8 can economic growth save us? (guest lecture) British columbia has a carbon tax places a value on carbon emissions. Connection between limits and boundaries how they influence progress. Notion that we can also be successful as a society while still protecting the environment. Economic growth as a policy goal. G20 meetup in 2017 also placed emphasis on environmental preservation. For example, sustainable, smart, clean, green, equal growth: emphasis on the fact that growth is not distributed equally amongst individuals. Economic growth = short phenomenon. Higher population means higher resource strains and higher environmental pressure. Economics of spaceship earth (1996) Like earth, a spaceship only contains so many resources needs to sustain occupants. Spaceship earth: notion that we have limits, and how we need to find the minimum threshold to survive and thrive. Factors for production a n d e n e r g y i n p u t s t e r.

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