Times are a Changin and We are Growing

Environment and Society

This book bring together many different topics argued and discussed in conjunction with environmental threats cohesively and concisely. Through this academic style of writing, the opinions and logic of the author is projected clearly throughout the first part of this book. I think I might buy this book to use as a reference book. I really enjoy it.  Some topics and tad-bits that stuck out to me are:

 

Population:

Robbins and et al. interestingly connects many different subjects to overpopulation and environmental destruction. I really enjoyed the point and correlation between women’s education, rights, and resources available to predicting fertility rates. It makes a lot of sense to me. There has been documented lower fertitlidy rates associated with the more availability to condoms, women’s productive health care and education. It is important to have autonomy over one’s body and the political environment should not affect that even though this issue has become an environmental issue and political one. It’s clear that the political and economic condition on women in society is the best predictor to demographic conditions. I just never thought of women’s rights as a vital correlation to the environmental. Which sounds ignorant, but, to me, women’s rights were more human rights, not so much non-human rights. This lack of connection I had between women’s rights and the environment stems from the divided issues among different political platform. Women’s rights shouldn’t be a liberal issue, but an issue for all political background when it comes to the future generation’s environment climate. This book really lumped this issue together with a bigger more holistic issue, the e environment, rather than separating it, which seems to be the preferred method to most people.

 

Preservation and Conservation Efforts:

While reading chapter 5, the book goes into detail into the changing ideals on nature through time. From biblical virtues, to a john Locke view, to more Ecocentric view. However, this section made me connect historical ideals on nature constructed social implications onto a landscape as well. My project that I am working on with Dr. Mokos focuses around this notion that going green is really a white person’s domain and the ideals of nature come from the social implications created for and by people who are white. I look at the Patagonia park and how little to no effort was made to relate the park to the ideals the local people living around the park have toward nature. Viewing nature as a pristine and a wild place is typically a white person ideal. I am not trying to call one ideal better than the other, but merely commenting on the social implications laid over an area due to the mismatch ideals one culture has versus another one. To me, conservation and preservation is pushed too harshly and I understand the immediacy of environmental reform due to environmental crises. However, I have noticed that there are imperialist notions regarding the push for preserved land. It seems like it is justifiable to force people out of their land in order reduce human interaction and replace the cultural climate regarding ideals of nature.

 

Green as a Commodity

Unfortunately, like everything in a capitalist economy, you and everything you buy is a commodity with a price. This book touches on this notion that marketing goes through in order to sell a product while considering the major audience it wants to reach. Not much has changed in hat aspect. Personally, I think the “green revolution” will flip to more local economies than large coop orations. I think this change starts with the food and meat market and less with “green” products. The push for less commodity and simpler living  is already starting and I think it is a matter of time before large corporations will be less depended on for goods. This might be in a hundred years, but I think it is possible, because of the mindset of the consumer is becoming more aware

 

 

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K-Cups will kill us!

That is what this article is alluding to. It is actually a really entertaining article and recommend reading it.

Based on the video sensation “Kill the K-Cup”, this article explores the reasoning and implications the K-Cup has caused and the very real dangers they have to the environment. This article can turn the most environmentally unconscious person to stop buying K-Cups. They are just so instinctively wasteful like cigarettes.

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