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UU101 Lecture 2: Class 2 Notes
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Department
University Interdisciplinary
Course Code
UU101
Professor
Manuel Riemer

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UU-101 Class 2 (January 9th, 2018)
Key principles of sustainability
Why?
o Limit of earth’s carrying capacity – the size of the population that can be
supported indefinitely upon the available resources and service of that ecosystem
(will need 2 earths by 2030)
Decline of stock of non-renewable resources (ex. oil peak)
Overuse of renewable resources
Pollution
Biodiversity loss
o Moral obligation
Anthropogenic (human caused it)
Intergenerational justice
Intragenerational justice
Our choices (causing harm and even death to people around the world)
o Historical opportunity
o Because it is fun
How?
o Shift the goal
From focus on economic growth
To betterment of wellbeing and happiness
Sustainability is about visioning a better future
Creating balance
Ecology
Economy
Society
Thiele added cultural creativity
o Change mental models
Living on a finite planet
Interconnectedness
System thinking
o Change approach and strategies
Shift towards renewable energy
Create circular systems
Practise system thinking
Act appropriately to scale (glocality -- think globally but act locally)
Foster community
Strengthen participatory democracy
Practise collaboration
Thrive towards social justice
Innovate
o Be creative and innovative
All people thrive living in harmony with the earth
No negative impact
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UU-101 Class 2 (January 9 , 2018) Key principles of sustainability Why? o Limit of earths carrying capacity the size of the population that can be supported indefinitely upon the available resources and service of that ecosystem (will need 2 earths by 2030) Decline of stock of non-renewable resources (ex. oil peak) Overuse of renewable resources Pollution Biodiversity loss o Moral obligation Anthropogenic (human caused it) Intergenerational justice Intragenerational justice Our choices (causing harm and even death to people around the world) o Historical opportunity o Because it is fun How? o Shift the goal From focus on economic growth To betterment of wellbeing and happiness Sustainability is about visioning a better future Creating balance Ecology Economy Society Thiele added cultural creativity o Change mental models Living on a finite planet Interconnectedness System thinking o Change approach and strategies Shift towards renewable energy Create circular systems Practise system thinking Act appropriately to scale (glocality -- think globally but act locally) Foster community Strengthen participatory democracy Practise collaboration Thrive towards social justice Innovate o Be creative and innovative All people thrive living in harmony
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