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Chapter 1 Notes

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Chapter 1 Notes GEOG 32102-02

Sarah Morse
Northwest Missouri State University
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Chapter 1 Notes Sustainability Climate and Culture
People and Cultures of the World
Kevin Romig
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Date Created: 10/06/16
09.02.16 CHAPTER 1 GLOBAL CLIMATE AND CULTURE I Climate a Precipitation i Not evenly distributed across the earth. ii Need a source of water and physical processes for water vapor to condense and fall in clouds. b Arid Landscapes i Deserts form for a variety of reasons: 1 High pressure belts. 2 Cold ocean currents. 3 Rain shadow effect. c Seasons i Because the earth is titled on its axis, annual variation of incoming solar radiation affects seasonality. 1 Seasons more exaggerated in high latitudes. II Vegetation a Plants are most comfortable in certain climatic regions: i Trees 1 Moist, cool temperatures. ii Grasses 1 Semi-arid, warm iii Cactus 1 Arid and hot iv Can be directly related to elevation and orographic processes. III Global environmental change a Throughout earth’s history, climate and vegetation patterns have changed rather dramatically. i Volcanoes and ash debris. ii Meteorite hits and effects. iii Chemicals from magma releases. b The Greenhouse Effect i To be safe, reducing the amount of fossil fuels burned will help curb the influx of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere. ii Invest in energy stemming from renewable resources. IV Ethnic group a A group of people who share a set off beliefs, a way of life, and a common ancestry. b Ethnic heritage. c Background and formative experiences. d Cultural norms. e Societal views. V Race a A socially constructed term based on apparent characteristics such as skin color, hair texture, and bone structure. b Racism i Poor treatment of or violence against people. ii The belief that some races of people are better than others. iii Embedded in our society. iv Stems from ignorance. VI Multiculturalism a The cultural and ethnic diversity of communities within a given society. i Promotes diversity. VII Culture a A shared set of meanings that are lived through the material and symbolic practices of everyday life. i Complex set of social, political, and historical factors play into cultural practices. VIII Cultural landscape a A tangible outcome of complex interactions between a human group and the natural environment. IX Social Injustice a Promoting a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity. i The notion that all people have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and fair allocation of community resources. 1 Issues of race and class. 2 Gender issues. 3 Sexual orientation issues. 4 Religious or political discrimination. X Values a Although humans tend to be more alike than different, different cultural groups tend to have various values that define normal behavior. XI Religion a Often a difficult topic. i Because so many misconceptions skew visions and images of religious adherence. ii Dogma and who is right? b Major religion groups i Islam ii Judeo-Christian iii Buddhism iv Hinduism XII Warnings a Misconceptions and ignorance about religion and culture can create hostility and angst. i Who is the terrorist? SUSTAINABILITY I Inherent problem. a How do we balance our needs for consumption and economic development with wise resource use and conserving natural resources. II Air Pollution a Industrial processes and burning fossil fuels emit chemicals into the atmosphere. i Greenhouse Effect. 1 Increase in CO2 levels in atmosphere. 2 Climate warming. 2 b In industrial regions in China, the air is so polluted that it looks like regular fog. III Water Pollution a An old saying, “the solution to pollution is dilution.” i Rivers, lakes, and oceans are often dumping sites for unwanted materials. b The oceans may be the most polluted water bodies on earth. i Plastic island in Pacific. ii Destruction of coral reefs. IV Habitat Preservation a Land animals also face significant challenges due to human population. i Predator species eliminated for killing farm and herd animals. ii Rainforest deforestation for arable farm land. iii Urban sprawl encroaching on traditional wilderness areas. iv Senseless violence. V Massive Income Inequality a Humanity is witnessing unprecedented levels of income inequality. i Very wealthy. ii Very poor. VI Access to food a Many people have increasingly difficult times accessing food and becoming nourished. i Poverty ii Drought iii Political instability VII Access to Water a Many people have increasingly difficult times accessing water. i Freshwater resources dwindling. ii Arrogant production. iii Privatization. VIII Global Warming a As greater amounts of carbon dioxide enter the atmosphere, solar radiation becomes trapped. IX Urban Heat Island Effect a Humans have converted natural landscapes into built environments. i Effect: Places do not cool off at night. X Sustainability a Sustainable development i Development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations. b Using fewer fossil fuels to produce energy. c Recycle and reuse. d Managing growth. e Reduce levels of consumption. f The goal of capitalism is to make profit from consumption. i Sustainable development seeks lower levels of consumption. g The right decisions are often more costly in the short-run and more difficult. i We will save money in the long run. h We must adjust our expectations about growth and profit or we will likely become extinct. 3 i The hidden costs of development are not factored into ill-defined “bottom line” costs. XI Basic Human Rights a Access to food, water, and air are fundamental to human survival. i We must live within our means and make smarter decisions about production, consumption, and the environment. XII What can we do? a Decisions we make affect others. i Drive less and more fuel efficient vehicle. ii Advocate for clean, renewable energy. iii Buy less stuff and recycle what we can. iv Self-reflection on our part in the world. v Respect and appreciate nature. XIII Conclusions. a Water and air pollution need solutions at the global scale. b Sustainability is an important concept, and reducing consumption is essential for the health and humanity on earth. 4


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