DepartmentSchool of Environment
ProfessorMairi Mac Donald
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
pay attention to analysis to get a good mark. 300 words does not include references (course
readers and maybe others). We are asking you to develop an argument on one side or the other.
•they are interconnected - note those connections but take a side.
•written in formal academic language: adopt a tone of neutrality. Avoid rhetorical, colloquial
“wow it’s so amazing”. Make your argument by way of evidence not emotion
•references in any style
•subscription of space: a skill we need to learn - how to write concisely. Forces us to really think
through what the most important part of it is
•let the paper run its course, let it sync in for 24hrs and then come back to edit
•footnotes, etc. any style
Population growth: why is this happening?
•We are expanding the impact formula
•we are talking about causes of the ecological crisis as a whole
if we were to take out any 1 impact we would reach consensus much easily
•global warming/climate change: we are doing this overarching picture so topics explored in this
course are not the most important
•people agree that whatever list you have is an interconnected mix: a # of factors and
interconnections between them
•focus of the course is what those interconnections are
•even to list some of these causes gets difficult b/c these variables function as both causes and
where is the tipping point between one being a cause vs being a solution
•J-curve: systems haven’t had time to adjust to this change
•2nd major implication: pop. growth is expected to occur in the developing part of the world vs
the developed: the OACD natures have stabilization or decline
pop growth is a significant path all by itself
even if no growth in economies was constant we would have a doubling of ecological
impact w/ doubling of population growth
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