PPPM 331 Study Guide - Quiz Guide: Environmental History

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Published on 19 Oct 2017
School
University of Oregon
Department
Planning, Public Policy and Management
Course
PPPM 331
What lessons from environmental history can be put to use by resource managers today?
Your Answer:
The historic Easter Island failure would be a good lesson for the resource managers to learn from
mistakes. According to the video from History.com, the ancient islanders had failed to put the
island's abundant resources in good use because of their self-ambitious of competing among each
other. The isolation between them had degraded their ability of combating different disasters,
including those natural ones and invasions of other colonies.
This case teaches a lesson of how a well civilization should be maintained. People would tend to
focus on their own benefits (either on their families, or neighborhood in a larger scale) rather that
taking the whole community's profit in account. Therefore they might sometimes be blinded from the
big picture by their egoism and thus leading the local resources be misdistribute unfairly to other
citizens. Resource managers cannot control how people behave, but they can set rules on how the
resources are assigned to the needed in an equitable way.
Sources:
http://www.history.com/topics/easter-island/videos/historys-mysteries-easter-island (Links to an
external site.) (History.com)
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The historic easter island failure would be a good lesson for the resource managers to learn from mistakes. According to the video from history. com, the ancient islanders had failed to put the island"s abundant resources in good use because of their self-ambitious of competing among each other. The isolation between them had degraded their ability of combating different disasters, including those natural ones and invasions of other colonies. This case teaches a lesson of how a well civilization should be maintained. People would tend to focus on their own benefits (either on their families, or neighborhood in a larger scale) rather that taking the whole community"s profit in account. Therefore they might sometimes be blinded from the big picture by their egoism and thus leading the local resources be misdistribute unfairly to other citizens. Resource managers cannot control how people behave, but they can set rules on how the resources are assigned to the needed in an equitable way.