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School of Environment
Mairi Mac Donald

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 ENV222H1 Prof: MacDonald INDIVIDUAL LECTURE BREAKDOWN Jan 13 notion of environment as being being found in all spheres of human activity Jan 18 categorizing environmental problems message: there really is no agreed upon means of categorizing environmental problems profs suggestion: land, water, air, species Jan 20 Chronology of impacts: acceleration of impacts the spike acceleration we have not had the time to develop the values or institutions that are needed spatially: goes back to Europe where imperialism and the industrial revolution have its origins some implications distancing: we buy a product but dont take into account the way it is made and the impacts on that side of the world Jan 25 some people view population growth as beneficial Jan 27 basic question of consumption - why do we consume? demand: what is it? where does it come from? once we have met our basic needs - it has psychological implications this lecture is tied very closely to the Capitalism lecture of February 15 The Comor reading of Feb 15: basic argument loss of identity which had existed in Feudal times and a new class the Bourgeoisie got its identity through consumption the need for identity leads us to consume Feb 1 the difficulty that industrialized societies have with the introduction of new technology in the 19th century (when the chemical industry began to expand) and in the 20th century wthe introduction of nuclear as a source of power there were no controls when biotechnology came more recently society had begun to have these controls technology is part of the problem because if new technologies are able to meet demand there will be powerful forces pushing them in to the system we do not have effective systems for evaluating their impacts before they are established Feb 3 nuclear as an example of technology which may be problem or solution centered on renewable energy renewable energy as a solution but also the barriers of bringing them in the political power of the fossil fuel industry basic theme: yes technology may well be part of the solution but it may not be readily available
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