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ESPM 50AC Lecture Notes - Week 1

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These notes cover the fundamentals of Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans' Environmental History.
Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management
Kurt Spreyer
Class Notes
NewOrleans, hurricane, Katrina, Environment, Flooding
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by JC Dy on Thursday October 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ESPM 50AC at University of California Berkeley taught by Kurt Spreyer in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 318 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Culture and Natural Resource Management in Environmental Science at University of California Berkeley.

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Date Created: 10/06/16
Dy  2  Unit   1:  African   Americans  and   Hurricane   Katrina   in  New   Orleans  8­26­2016  Lecture   2: Hurricane  Katrina:   New   Orleans   Environmental   History  Hurricane   Classification  ● Category   1: 74­95   mph,   Category   2: 96­110   mph,   Category   3: 111­130   mph  Category   4:   31­155   mph,  Category      156+   mph  Hurricane   Katrina   was   a Category  3  hurricane  when   i made   landfall  To  the  leftis “Cancer   Alley”  ­ industrial  areas   that  had   high  rates       ancer  after    atrina  Wetland  Saltwater   Inundation   ­   00 square     iles  of land    as   ransformed   i nto water  Purpose   of   evees  ● Drainage   ­   umping    ut water  ● Transportation    supporting     hipping,             ommerce  ● Protection   ­ serve   as  a barrier    round   New             rleans    Toxic  Gumbo      irt floodwater  ● Biologically   contaminated    ater  from   sewage  ● Heavy  metals,  oil, gas,  petroleum  products,   lead,  paint  Why  was  the  Gulf  Coast   and   New  Orleans   so  unprepared   for Katrina?  ● Crossing   over  natural  boundaries  ○ Change   in landscape   ­failure  of   lanning  ○ Climate  change  ● Economistic   Ideology   ­ focus   on tourism/infrastructure   development  ● Political   Corruption   ­ “Starve   the  Beast”  Dy  3  ○ Defund   government   agencies,   put  incompetent   people   in leadership,  reduce   capacity   to provide   public  services  to  change   public  opinion  ○ Private   contractors   then  become   tasked   to construct  levees  ■ Motives:     Profit$  ● Technocratic   Hubris  ○ “We’re   the  engineers,   we  know   what’s   best,  don’t  listen to the  community”  Worster’s   Environmental     istory Framework  1. Nature   ­  he non­human   world  a. Geophysical/Ecological  b. Natural   resources   ­ materials  in nature   perceived  as  useful  2. Social   organization  ­ Social   institutions,  economy,   infrastructure  a. Modes  of  production   ­adaptive   strategies   for engaging   perceived   natural  limits and     pportunities  b. Technology   and   Division   of Labor   (Gender­based?   Class­based?  racially?)  3. Culture  ­ Learned  behavior:   social  organization,   perception,   behavior,   and   identity  a. Beliefs,   ideas,   knowledge,   language,   values,   norms,   laws,   religion  Readings  In the    hadow   of    isaster     y  ri Kelman­disaster/  ● Weighs   the issues  of  building  levees   as  New  Orleans’   protection   against   floods  ● Environmental  segregation   led  to socioeconomic  and   racial  segregation  ● Socioeconomic   and  racial  divisions  are  heightened   ­ poorer   areas   are  more  susceptible   to flooding  ­ Ex:  Ninth   Ward   “purchased   safety  by  sacrificing   poor”  ○ Blacks   lived  on  lower  ground,   affluent  whites   on  higher  ground  ● Urban   reclamation   and  levees   destroyed  wetlands  and   swamps,   coastal   erosion  ● “New   Orleans   ita  network   of human   and   nonhuman  intermingled”   ­  allowing   no   oom   for nature   is   ounterproductive  Doing     nvironmental  History     y Donald   Worster  ● Environmental  history   is about  the  role  and  place   of nature   in human  life  1. Understand   nature   ­   a. Natural     ciences   to  econstruct   past  environments  b. Ecology   ­ examine   interactions   between   organisms   and   their environment  2. Socioeconomic   realm  ­ tools,  methods   people   use  to utilize natural   resources  a. Ecology   and  Economy   ­ not  al economic   modes   = ecologically  sustainable  3. Mental   or Intellectual    perceptions,   ethics,  laws,  myths   regarding   nature  a. Nature  is many   ideas,  meanings,   thoughts,   feelings,   How   does   a whole   culture  perceive  and   value   nature?     


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