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Social Science
SOSC 1040
Claudio Colaguori

The Environment II Globalization Blues: Suzuki and Dressel - Previously humans existed with nature at a micro scale and now they dominate the planet as a “superspecies” (humans have created the “anthropocene” era) - The transnational corporation as a new dominating force in human history - Who is at fault for the cycle of destruction – the wasteful selfish individual or global corporate industrial capitalism? - For Suzuki it is about culture: values and attitudes about how we treat the earth. Cultural values like blind faith in technology, economic progress at any cost, consumerism and an “all for me” attitude, loss of indigenous traditional culture ways of knowing and doing that had a harmonious relation to nature… - the social construction of environmental problems: what issues get media attention and why? Often ignored are: the effects of war on ecology, introduced and invasive species, soil erosion from agri-business, nutritionally deficient foods, chemicals and human health, corporate control of the gene pool of seeds, gmo products, water quality and pharmaceuticals in lakes and rivers etc. - Will scientific & technological solutions work for our environmental problems? Or do we need a paradigm change? (sustainable development or deep ecology) - The idea of perpetual economic growth and GDP as the goal of global prosperity – but annual corporate growth has not resulted in more good
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