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Ecological Footprint Nov. 28  See slides for readings  treats society as a whole  some consumer more than others, but ecological footprint skips over that  skips over the market economy and the individual footprints  eco foot print put an emphasis on you!  this doesn’t come to grips with the structures driving society  evaluating country just based on consumption misses a lot; some countries with low countries are poor! not because they are sustainable; can also mean its an organized country with green ideologies  ecological footprint all about framing!  celebrating the “human footprint”: assumes existing consumption patterns continue in a linear way  not how dynamic, productive societies work  our societies adjust  online calculators of eco footprint:  what they did was sit down and put in the options (do you drive or walk, eat meat, etc.) no matter how frugal you answer the questions, even if you live like a hippie, you are going to consume more than your fair share  the same problem—the ecological footprint doesn’t help society collectively have a dialogue about changing structure of society o also, its not localized  not fine tuned to where your living! technical problems  the footprint doesn’t get the tradeoffs we all make, both ind. and as a community o we give up parts of mother nature for something else  things like only buy local: what about Canada in the winter? we can’t have fruits and veggies? its healthier to eat the products from Florida or México then to go without  the footprints live out society: all individual  examples of trade offs: planting more trees for carbon sink Ecological Footprint Nov. 28  may choose to cut down trees, to create more food to substitute for the fruit we get from Florida, ie. these are trade offs we, and all societies, have to make through political institutions  Ecological footprint:  more technical name is “appropriated carrying capacity”—renamed to footprint, it hopes to concert out impact in relation to land mass  we can relate to a footprint  eco. footprint tires to visually collect info on negative externalities, and graphically show you the impact of the high consumption lifestyle  EF works:  collect jurisdiction info on consumption patterns, and tries to convert to equivalent to land mass  i.e. land you have to have to produce food (grazing animals, etc.)  controversial: sea space—the amount of ocean you need to generate fish; but that’s not really how it works  energy: assume that society going forward is going to attempt to reduce GHG emissions to an acceptable level, and then assume with current technology, the only technology are carbon sinks—for this purse and Kyoto is a forest; however, we are going to either adapt to a warmer world, or develop new technology  important one from picture: carbon  once calculated footprint, need to determine worlds biological productive space  but each country has a different biological capacity  for the purse of the footprint, it doesn’t compare your footprint to your countries bio capacity; why?  because each country has a different bio capacity! if you are comparing Canada’s footprint to our biocapacity, you can’t make comparisons to ot
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