Sep 23, 2022
I can’t help but feel that the three dimensions of injustice we discussed in class are involved in all—and even integral to some—modern economic activity. Most major undertakings that require government approval typically involve cost-benefit analyses that really only factor in net monetary effects, and neglect different values people try to uphold when engaging with others and nature. I think a future where our interaction with our environments is less extractivist and is built on frameworks that acknowledge marginalized perspectives is necessary. For instance, Indigenous Peoples typically see their territories exploited without being consulted, and receive meager compensation (if any) in return. I believe a paradigm shift is necessary, especially in light of the ILO’s findings that Indigenous Peoples are responsible for stewardship of 80% of the world’s biodiversity. It's not clear to me that just the provision of a platform to marginalized voices is enough. If the law begins to require that the views of those who inhabit areas near planned projects are heard and seriously considered (beyond seeking approval from elected leaders who are too often some mix of incompetent and malevolent) we may be able to produce and provide employment inclusively and sustainably, while breaking the ties between economic activity and the perpetration of injustices.
Sep 16, 2022
Advertising essentially involves the creation of wants, and modern advertising does this really effectively by preying on peoples’ insecurities. I envision more tight-knit and supportive communities which could keep people from being so readily swayed by consumerist messaging. These could form from gatherings of like-minded people, who are willing to share their values and beliefs, even in the face of potential ridicule from their immediate social circles. Eventually, this messaging could embolden others whose consumption is currently driven only by societal pressure. I'm committing to sharing my stances on rampant consumption, even amongst groups that might be less receptive to such ideas.
Sep 15, 2022
Hi! My name is Sumant, I'm a 3rd year biology student taking ENVR 430. I'm not really sure what I want to do with my degree, but I'm passionate about conservation and keeping my house above sea level. This course seemed like a great opportunity to gain exposure to discourse on sustainability, and contribute some of my ideas as well. The idea of making meaningful change over this term is also exciting! Follow #UnleashValues to help my class work towards identifying barriers to a more sustainable future, and finding means to overcome them.