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Lecture 1

Environmental Science 1021F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Brundtland Commission, Greenwashing, Natural Capital

Environmental Science
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Geoff Stewart

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Sept. 26th, 2012
Environmental Justice
-Affects women most
-developed vs. developing countries
-Environmental Protection Agency
!-People protected equally in terms environment
-International Environmental Politics
!-Arguments against
!!-difficult to control on an international scale
!!-reduce number of issues that can be dealt with
!!!-some issues more important to some countries
!!-many countries ----> citizens live day to day
!!!-can’t ensure environmental protection
Sustainable Development
!“Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future
generations to meet their own needs” (Brundtland Commission 1987)
!-Allows Global North to reflect, Global South to develop
Must change meaning of development in order to be sustainable
!-include things like happiness, health care, mortality rates
!!-not quantifiable, unlike other industrial measurements
!-marketing oneself as eco friendly, even though not
!-political party w/environment in platform b/c it will get them votes, but don’t care
National Environmental Politics
!Environmental policy development
!!-come from international agreements, grass-roots, local gov’t
!EU- standards must be met to join
!US- Clinton/Gore administration most enviro friendly
!Canada- many parties have environmental platform; Green Party
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