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Social Science
SOSC 1040
Claudio Colaguori

The Environment and Human Health - The Western Enlightenment Project compels humans to engage in the scientific Domination of Nature. The biblical God also commands humans to: "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth." The Domination of Nature theme sees “nature” as both “threat” and as “resource” that needs to be conquered in order for humans to prosper. Humans are not seen as a part of ecological nature, nor is the human body seen as part of the environment. - How do power relations fit into environmental concerns? - the “dialectic of development and destruction” inherent in consumer capitalist society - Does the definition of “society” include the ecological “environment” or just people? - Some problems: global climate disruption (not just warming), from high levels of carbon dioxide due to industrial emissions and methane gas from livestock farming, draughts, oxygen depletion causing dead zones in lakes and oceans, fracking and groundwater contamination, toxic waters, acidified oceans, ozone smog and depletion, species extinction - animal genocide, over- fishing, oil spills from ships and pipelines, toxic waste dumps and chemical spills on land and sea, plastic waste on land and in water, p
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