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Fundamentals of Environmental Sustainability/ Week ONe

by: Hannah Friedrichsen

Fundamentals of Environmental Sustainability/ Week ONe GES 101

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Foundations of Environmental Sustainability
Susan E. Melzer
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Date Created: 01/23/16
The Fundamentals of Global and Environmental Sustainability 3 Legged Sustainability Stool A model for sustainability that states there are three all necessary legs to becoming  sustainable.      The Economic Leg: this leg includes jobs, fair wages, security, infrastructure, and  having fair trade.      The Environmental Leg: this leg includes zero pollution and waste, renewable  energy, conservation, and working on restoration.      The Social Leg: this includes culture, working conditions, and health and  education. This model implies that each leg is necessary for sustainability to be possible. 3 Nested Circles Model: ENVIRONME SOCIE ECONO This model implies that environment has the highest importance. And that society holds a higher importance than economy and economy holds  little importance when compared to the other two. 3 Over Lapping Model: This model implies that you can have two factors and being missing one, but O ECONO K SOCIE still maintain a level of sustainability. Su O O ENVIRONME Where is Sustainability: Many science fields house the learning for sustainability. Sustainability:   Sustainability is a very complex subject and concept.  It requires that many concepts be considered into one fluid idea.  Currently or population is just over 7 billion. Are we living sustainably enough to  continue our existence or could the human race go extinct? o In order to continue the human race, we need to figure out how to maintain water  supply, biodiversity, agriculture, and our economies.    Environmental Science: Is the study of how our planet works. This includes our  interaction with and on earth and how we cope with environmental problems.    Environment: “All living and no living things that affect organisms.” o Example: human population increase cause higher consumption of organisms and  degrading of the environment. o Humans long term effects on the planet could become detrimental.    Ecology: The study of organisms and their environment and thus the relationship they  harbor. An environmentalist and an environmental scientist are not the same thing. o An environmentalist works with social movements in order to harbor change and  is based on a certain value structure.  Sustainability: The ability for earth’s structures to survive and adapt to changes. Also  how humans can meet their current environmental needs without altering future  generations’ ability to also meet their own environmental needs. Climate change is due, without doubt, to outrageous human growth.    Sound Science:  The already excepted theories produced by experts in their fields. Living sustainably would mean to live of the earth’s natural output of soil, wind/air, and  water without depleting it to the point of no return.


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