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An overview of Environmental Ethics

  1. Resources
  2. Guide Questions
  3. Smartboard Notes

Here are some web sites that will enhance your understanding of this week's reading:

Environmental Resources:

This Week's Authors:

Donald Scherer

Jon Cobb, Jr.:

Real TED Videos (TED.com)

 

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Guide Questions:

The following questions are designed to fine tune your understanding of the reading. The subject matter and answers to these questions form the basis of what you will be required to know for exams.

Objectives for this week: These are the learning objectives you should have mastered after attending the lectures and completing the questions below

  1. explain what sustainability means in terms of: human energy choices, lifestyle, and sustainable resources
  2. explain the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources
  3. explain how sustainability and justice are linked
  4. describe the connection between ecosystemic goods and public goods
  5. outline three ways that we can assess the achievement of energy sustainability
  6. explain howthe Bretton Woods agreement negotiated in 1944. contributed to globalization
  7. explain how GNP and ISEW are linked
  8. describe one of the biggest challenges in defining sustainability and reusability with regards to the nitrogen cycle

The Ethics of Sustainable Resources (Scherer)

Guide Questions:

  1. What does sustainability imply or mean in terms of: human energy choices, lifestyle, and sustainable resources?
  2. According to the segment on anthropocentrism in the "sustainable lifestyles" section what are some of the factors that we have to consider when thinking about the sustainability of human energy use?.
  3. Explain the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.
  4. Explain how sustainability and justice are linked.
  5. Iin comparing the good of a person with a good of an ecosystem, explain what it means to thwart an ecosystem?
  6. What is the connection between ecosystemic goods and public goods?
  7. List a few of the challenges in attempting to manage common resources.
  8. Briefly describe one of the biggest challenges in defining sustainability and reusability with regards to the nitrogen cycle.
  9. Scherer contends that "improved monitoring" - a practice we would describe today as social networking - contributed to the development of the human race. Briefly explain how he draws this conclusion.
  10. According to Scherer, what is the goal of social coordination in human communities?
  11. Describe four ways in which we can determine the appropriateness of a social norm.
  12. At the end of the article Scherer outlines three ways that we can assess the achievement of energy sustainability. What are they?

Toward a Just and Sustainable Economic Order (Cobb)

Guide Questions:

  1. Describe the aims of the Bretton Woods agreement negotiated in 1944. How has this agreement contributed to globalization?
  2. From page 361 identify for problems that arise in the modernization of developing countries.
  3. Describe the concept of "externalities" with regards to environmental issues.
  4. From page 362 describe why it is impossible to substitute other resources for forest cover.
  5. The report entitled Our Common Future from 1987 outlined challenges for sustainable growth. Describe three of these challenges.
  6. Explain how GNP and ISEW are linked (p. 365).
  7. What is the intended and actual consequence of present economic policy?
  8. Describe five constituencies that would benefit from a change in global economic policy.
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Smartboard Notes

Smartboard Notes from Week 7 Lecture:

 

 

 

 

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