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University of Toronto St. George
School of Environment
Stephen Scharper

[Notes from lecture: black Notes from other sources: blue Notes from readings: purple] ENV100 Lecture 2 The Oberlin Project was formed out of David Orr's vision of full-spectrum sustainability: an all- encompassing joint venture by the town and College to create a thriving, sustainable and environmentally friendly community in Oberlin. The Oberlin Project is a joint effort of the city of Oberlin, Oberlin College, and private and institutional partners to improve the resilience, prosperity, and sustainability of our community. The Oberlin Project’s aim is to revitalize the local economy, eliminate carbon emissions, restore local agriculture, food supply and forestry, and create a new sustainable base for economic and community development. Their current goals include 1 creating one of the first climate positive cities in America by shifting the city and college to renewable energy sources, radically improving efficiency, sharply reducing carbon emissions and improving our economy in the process, 2 creating a new and supporting existing business ventures in energy efficiency and solar deployment, food and agriculture, and the sustainable use of local resources, 3 conserving 20,000 acres of green space and developing a robust local foods economy to meet 70% of our consumption, 4 creating an educational alliance between the College, the Oberlin schools, the Joint Vocational School, and Lorain County Community College focused on integrating sustainability into education at all levels, 5 developing a 13-acre Green Arts District at the US Green Building Council Platinum level, and 6 serving as a model that can be replicated in other communities. David Orr’s six myths of modern education: 1. Ignorance is a solvable problem He argues that ignorance is not a solvable problem, but rather an inescapable part of the human condition. He argues that we cannot comprehend the world in it’s entirely, that the advance of knowledge always carried with it the advance of some form of ignorance. For example, chlorofluorocarbons compounds created a hole in the ozone over the South Pole and it created a worldwide reduction of ozone. Although the invention of chlorofluorocarbons increased knowledge but ignorance grew as well as the effects of this compound on the biosphere were unknown. There will always be ignorance because the world and the universe is a mystery. We will never be able to master the universe; there will always be things that we will not know. 2. With enough scientific knowledge and technology, we can manage planet earth He argues that the complexity of earth and its life systems can never be safely managed, but the one thing that can be managed is us. He argues that our attention is caught by those things that avoid hard choices; it makes far better sense to reshape ourselves to fit a finite planet than to attempt to reshape the planet to fit out finite wants. For example, one of the greatest environmental threats facing North America right now is a dramatic reduction in honey bees. As Albert Einstein said “if the bees go, the human race goes three days later”, this is because bees are main pollinators. People are now looking at pesticides as a cause and other kinds of genetically modified introductions into the environment. To help manage this problem, the University of Toronto for example has put beehives on top of buildings and different parts throughout the campus. 3. Knowledge and human goodness are on the rise According to this myth, knowledge and by implication human goodness is increasing, meaning that the more educated you are the better the person you become. He
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