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Lecture 8

SOCECOL E8 Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Gross National Product, Degrowth, Habitat Destruction


Department
Social Ecology
Course Code
SOCECOL E8
Professor
John M.Whiteley
Lecture
8

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Professor Zanotto/Whiteley
Social Ecology Department
Social Ecology E8
Environmental Analysis and Design
Course Code: 50000
Discussion Code: 50001
4 units
No Prerequisites
Location: SSLH 100
2019 Spring Quarter
Notes
Beginning of Lecture:
How do we measure growth? What is the problem with this measurement?
Gross national product (GDP)
All goods and services produced in the country for sale
If the global economy is to operate within the sustainable carrying
capacity of the planet, this requires the richest nations to initiate a
degrowth process
What are some of the proposals of post-capitalist systems (e.g. degrowth, steady
state economy)?
Degrowth
Diminishing resource caps
Rich nations are over-consuming their fair share of global
resources
We should put strict limits on national resource use
Reduced working hours
Reduced population means less need for workers
To avoid unemployment, a degrowth economy would
reduce work hours and share available work amongst
working population
Collapse
What are the elements of Ecological Suicide?
Deforestation and habitat destruction
Soil problems
Waste management problems
Over-hunting
Over fishing
Effects of introduce species on native species
Human population growth
Increased peoples per capita impact
What elements led to the collapse of Easter Island?
Deforestation
Moai construction
Habitat destruction
Lack of resources to build canoes
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