Environmental Justice Communication: Conceptualizing the Environment from a Cultural Framework Most Americans conjure imagery of a planet replete with pristine wilderness, crystal blue oceans, fresh air, and verdant forests when they think about the natural environment. In recent decades, this description is becoming increasingly applicable only to certain areas of the United States because poor and minority communities are overwhelmingly subjected to dangerous environmental hazards. As such, the concept of environmental racism has become a major issue affecting every aspect of their lives because of their placement and proximity to environmentally dangerous areas such as landfills, toxic waste sites, and other forms of pollution. The environmental justice movement seeks to remedy this problem by recognizing the direct link between economic, environmental, race, and health issues. The biggest aim of environmental justice is for all people to live, work, and play in clean, and environmentally safe communities.
This movement has widely been accepted as a Reform Movement as it was originally created to help make the world a better place (sociologyguide.com). Since the time of the first Earth Day, the Environmentalists have become so concerned with the plants and animals of the environment that they have begun to paint the picture that humans are the enemy and the real reason why so many ecosystems are failing. Today’s Environmentalists have launched many campaigns regarding environmental problems, including pollution and global warming. Since the time of its conception, this movement has received funding from the giving of money by the different members of the movement and through the everyday person’s tax money. Pollution has been one of the leading issues on the Environmentalist agenda practically from the creation of the movement.
Environmentalism also led to the growth of environmental protection groups which advocated for a symbiotic relationship between humans and the environment. Even though environmentalism and conservationism bot... ... middle of paper ... ...ntal movements. In particular, the political pressure to minimize governmental regulation, the budget constraints affecting all areas of governmental spending and doubts about the existence of climate change will require innovative strategies to continue the protection of the environment. Works Cited Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring.
These are terms used to describe the desired (and often purely conceptual) transformation of the private sector, from one of often flagrant resource use and disposal into a sustainable and ecologically concerned industry. ?The eco-efficiency imperative is based on the idea that companies must come to terms with the new realities of population growth, increased evidence of global warming, ozone depletion, loss of fertile soils and forests. These new realities will change the markets (customers' attitudes) and lead to tougher government regulation. This will change the bottom-line of each company now and increasingly in the future. Costs related to pollution will become staggering.
They expect this horrible trend to only become worse. Some conclude that if the forest is not protected that it will be wiped out in only eighty years! The destruction of our earth’s rainforest is very depressing. Last semester I took Ecol 1000 and this class deals with all of the horrible things humans do to our planet. I didn’t realize that the rainforests were being destroyed at such a dramatic pace.
Myths such as the belief that human society is separate from, and ultimately superior to the natural world, are now 'hard-wired' into most legal and political systems. Consequently, the overall effect of these governance systems is to facilitate and legitimise the ongoing degradation of our planet. Cullinan explains the complicated process of ... ... middle of paper ... ...elentless industrial development and destruction of resources, but through the living forces that brought us into being and are the only forces that can sustain us in the coming centuries'. Wild Law is a significant and inspiring development in to the exploring how we might develop such laws and institutions in the future to not only serve us, but the entire ecosystem. Wild Law shows us how a quality that can only be experienced by straying off this predictable path of civilization as we currently understand it and as we know, it has to be found, obviously must be found it the wilderness, those special places where wildness rules.
The land contained an old-growth rain forest and a black sand beach in an area under rapid development. Sanchez refused the offer. What would you have done if you were in Miguel Sanchez’s position? Explain your decision.” (Question 2, p. 204) Summary: This week’s chapters covered the importance of biodiversity, the causes of accelerated extinction of species, the approaches to sustain biodiversity, and protection of forests, grasslands, and aquatic environments. Humans play a very large role in the premature extinction of species.
Within nature, any form of species focus on selection and adaptation towards their environment to better themselves; organizations to utilize this idea as a metaphor to personify the organization-environment theory of population ecology underlining any organization functions as a living or dying species. Primarily, population ecology reflects both a rationalist and naturalist perspectives. Population ecology echoes rationalist theory because power is frequently controlled by those in superior positions due to their experiences within the organization (Taylor 25). Also, population ecology is natural because it denies specificity and predictability due to the organization’s dependence of the fluctuation of environmental resources (Sutton 1/20/11). Ultimately for any organization to adapt and change the future of the establishment, it is necessary for workers in a dominant and higher position to ruminate any strategies and environmental opportunities and threats (Hannan 930).
This definition ignores the environmental aspect of industrialism; industrialization pushes the threshold of earth's resource availability. Such demanding management of the natural world is justified in the name of prioritizing immediate human needs over long term sustainability. However, the main environmental impacts of industrialization are those caused by consumption and population growth, which are both culturally malleabl... ... middle of paper ... ...t" (Ridley and Low). The future of the earth and human existence rests on the shoulders of our policy makers in government. Works Consulted: Cipolla, C. M. (1996).
But working in conservation, whether it by the Parks Service, non-profit, or by a private organization, is the ultimate goal. Something that I want to expand my knowledge on after this course is on conservation biology. I want to learn how to do conservation correctly and in a sustainable manner. This world is in need of saving, and it needs a little bit of help from those who