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Karen Ing

Env200 Lecture 2 jan 15  We are not environmental sustainable because of the high pops there are nowadays  Scn assumptions o World is knowable o Universal patterns o Inductive reasoning  We are getting into specifics rather than generals like years ago  There is more accuracy in what we do/know o Change in knowledge is inevitable  This is problem with media o If generalizations cannot be tested than not a scn statement  Env scn as an interdisciplinary pursuit  Human env is in between nature, society and culture and revolves around of each of those things, like law, politics, religion, history,math, physic, bio etc  What is env scn? o Its the study of how the natural world works and how our env affects us and how we affect the env o Central questions of env scn  What is our proper place in nature?  What ought we do?  Challenges of env scn o Can never provide absolute truth, but can provide increasingly better approximations o Change in knowledge is inevitable as new info is gathered o Uncertainties are inherent  Env sustainability; what is the problem? o Only by understanding the env and how it works can we make the necessary decisions to protect it. Only by valuing all our precious natural and human resources can we hope to build a sustainable future- Kofi Anan  Human population o Were over populated; 7-8 bill o Nearly 1 in 4 ppl in extreme poverty said by united nations  This isn’t sustainable  How big will our pop get? And how big can it get?  This is concern becomes in our developing countries there is correlation between consum[tion and economic growth  When we in recession, policy makers tell us we have to spend our way o We have to consume more for economic growth o Consumptions is seen as a positive driver to economic growth which is a problem o Rich and poor  Highly developed countires: 20% of worlds pop ex: cnda, japan, Europe, US, Australia  Poor countries (80%)  Moderately developed; mexico, turkey  Less developed (LDCs) ex: Bangladesh, Ethiopia  Characteristics: cheap, unskilled labour  Economy agriculturally based  Hunger, disease, illiteracy common  Developing countries  Rapid pop growth is overwhelming  Natural resource depletion  Developed countries  Slower pop growth  higher rate of consumption  Natural resources required to supply desire and needs  Types of natural resources  Non renwable o Limited supply o Once theyre gone, theyre gone o Ex: fossil fuels  Renewable o Virtually unlimited o Replenished over relatively short periods o Ex:
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