Last Environment, Society, and Sustainability Notes (& Discussion)
Last Environment, Society, and Sustainability Notes (& Discussion) ENVS 1342
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Paige Holub on Sunday May 1, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ENVS 1342 at University of Colorado Denver taught by Amanda Weaver in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 15 views. For similar materials see Environment, Society & Sustainability in Physical Education at University of Colorado Denver.
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Paige DeWitt-Holub -“What does it mean to be sustainable?” -conceptual aspects of what it means to be sustainable and its applicability to -finiteness, renewability is a question, regenerative aspects, efficient use of a good -resiliency – something that can adapt and change, adaptability and resiliency -adapt to changes in one way or another -defined as… - a socio-ecological system is sustainable if it can endure indefinitely (having a renewable resource base) or if it is flexible/resilient enough to adapt to changing circumstances -based on a simple principle… -everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment (EPA) -imbedded of the human economy, the ability of the natural environment persisting ensures that we also persist -1987 – World Commission on Environment and Development (The Brundtland Commission) -Central idea: environment and development are inseparable -“Development that meets the needs of today without inhibiting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” -each generation has their own resources, values *-intragenerational – equal access to well-being, opportunities *-intergeneration – people who live here today will also impact future generations most so this is a hope to provide justice to future environments -meeting the needs of today, without degrading the environment too much today to prevent tomorrow’s environmental growth -stratification is not very sustainable, if you have too many poor people you will be able to have a more productive education -an unequal and unhealthy society is not often thought about -Three legged stool -Economic growth, environmental protection, social equity -Critique- each leg not always viewed equally -IPAT -Environmental degradation = (Pop * Affluence * Tech) -distribution, price, cost-benefit -Sustainability is the intersection -Environmental: -Natural Capital, Biodiversity, Pollution -Social: -Human and cultural capital, Heritage, Empowerment, Education, Governance, Equity, Ethics -Economic: -Human-made capital (efficiency, stability), infrastructures, Personal and Social Assets -cost-benefit analysis – is this too expensive to sustain?? -it is a privilege to be in college -ethical relationship between human beings, the quality, in-between them -these elements, these qualities are more or less equal between them -economic sustainability, the expenditures of a company – is this company going to be profitable in the long-term? -Can you think of examples of social or economic sustainability in the context of environmental issues we have discussed in class? -education, coffee -low wage, are people gaining a healthy productive access to lives, wage question (especially in agriculture, slaughter houses, packaging (turnover rate very high = expensive costs for industries) -wage is so poor that no one wants to stay, extremely difficult jobs that are poor for your health, cannot do that for a while -cattle slaughter houses are extremely laborious -cutting corners by saving money increases the concern of health -education, people’s ability to understand things or people’s access to knowledge -people are going to make better decisions in regards to life -water use – context of the developmental world, people can do less in terms of education, advocacy, because of the lack of water and of the time spent collecting water -people spend a majority of their days collecting firewood access to … -western medicine, water pollution, medicines going into our water table -economic developments, drug costs are so high with research development -new antibiotics being avoided as a lack of profit in production -unhealthy people are expensive, less productive -disease controversies spent time that could be spent on something else -paper monocultures, sustainability project that is also an impact on the environment -some projects that are designed to be environmentally sustainable and are designed to increase more wood, can be less sustainable in other aspects -Zika 4/27 -Sustainability -Society -Econ -Environment -Corruption, Plants, Trees -Is there a sustainable city? What would it look like? -solar panels, cover everything in moss, learn to deal with ants -Sustainable residential/business -transportation for a city – can’t use fossil fuels -space air -housing? -the food system -food is not sustainable, traveling somewhere to get that food is not sustainable, tourism is this upper class country luxury thing -tourist economies that have helped old mining towns -meat is a question of raising, ruins the purpose of how a society would specialize in things -sugar, honey, sugar beets (where a lot of granulated sugar still comes from) -cane sugar is no different from coffee -instead of pavement, using natural dirt roads (some city planner/government people do not like gravel) -farming – every household contributing to what we eat -biodegradable products -you should be able to eat the packaging when you’re done -most ancient cities are on rivers -if you can’t produce it on a farm and have it think it will go away, then it cannot be sustainable -IF YOU SHIT IN THE PLACE YOU EAT YOU MESS IT UP -if you live in Denver, you can only eat what comes from 100 miles away from here -what if you only have enough fuel to get from your job and back within 100 miles -you can only have a banana not frequently -One Child Policy in China? -Cuba, Island of Local Food - grow 80-90% of all they will need -this is because when the Soviet Union broke apart, they literally became an island amongst themselves -highly educated, without food or oil – uhoh -retaking the land – Doctors, Lawyers, began growing their own because they had no other option -it wasn’t easy anymore, all of a sudden there just was not any more food (no more main connection of imports and exports) -trade embargo, U.S. -so excited about the Soviet Union breaking down but this entire country became sustainable in their entire food system, breaking down -carrying capacity became painfully obvious -could not get chemical inputs that were sprayed on food -now this whole society knows how to grow, sustain on local food that is all organic -Venezuela lost a great deal of trade economy, etc. -Naturally sustainable when we have to be -125 fifth graders, eating Hot Cheetos, as long as you don’t throw bags you can give the chickens pb and j -will the chickens eat hot Cheetos? -animals shouldn’t eat hot Cheetos, why are we feeding our kids that? -“Cuba After Peak Oil”
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