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“Ideas for sustainability”

“Ideas for sustainability”

“Department of Biological Sciences, Florida International University”

“PCB 3043 Ecology: Assignment #2” “Your name and Panther ID:”

“John Cozza, Summer A 2019”

“Ideas for sustainability”

“The last 100 years have seen a dramatic and accelerating impact of humans on the Earth and its living systems. Most climate scientists and ecologists agree that we are now facing an unprecedented crisis, giving us just the next few decades to save the planet as we know it (or not). What aspects of our lives are responsible for this human impact? What can we do about it? Reading relevant articles will help you to reflect on our impact on the biosphere, and consider what actions we can take to avoid catastrophe: individually, locally, and globally.”

“Go to Canvas ‘modules’ and choose one article from each group below. Record your choices in #1) below. Then type your concise comments about each article you read right into the text boxes on this form, below. Handwritten answers cannot be accepted.Use your own wordsand write in complete sentences. Use most of, but do not exceed, the space given for answers and do not change the preset font, size and spacing of the text boxes.”

1. “Choose one article to read from each group below, and enter it as (#-Author) in the box below that group.

“Individual Community Big picture Political Summary”

“1-Hamblin 4-Pacific Shift 7-Makower 10-Popovich 13-Gillis”

“2-Patchett 5-Miller 8-Specter 11-Witt” 14-Carrington”

“3-Perkins 6-iREAL + JC 9-Ocean Forest. 12-Jordan”

2. “Discuss what you learned from reading the article you chose from the ‘Individual’ actions group (articles #1-3). What is your reaction to the article, and how might it change your behavior? Please use your own words (i.e. do not quote) and use most of, but do not exceed, the text box below, using the preset font (12 point Times New Roman, single spaced). (2 points).”

3. “Discuss what you learned from reading the article you chose from the ‘Community’ actions group (articles #4-6). What is your reaction to the article, and how might it change your behavior? Please use your own words (i.e. do not quote) and use most of, but do not exceed, the text box below, using the preset font (12 point Times New Roman, single spaced). (2 points).”

4. “Discuss what you learned from reading the article you chose from the ‘Big picture’ actions group (articles #7-9). What is your reaction to the article, and how might it change your behavior? How can you participate in ‘big picture’ solutions to big problems? Please use your own words (i.e. do not quote) and use most of, but do not exceed, the text box below, using the preset font (12 point Times New Roman, single spaced). (2 points).”

“(Please continue with #5 below)”

5. “Discuss what you learned from reading the article you chose from the ‘Political’ actions group (articles #11-13). What is your reaction to the article, and how might it change your behavior? How can you help bring about political action on climate or biodiversity on the state, national, corporate, or international level? Please use your own words (i.e. do not quote) and use most of, but do not exceed, the text box below, using the preset font (12 point Times New Roman, single spaced). (2 points).”

6. “Discuss what you learned from reading the article you chose from the ‘Summary’ actions group (articles #14-15). How might you use this article to help educate others? How can you talk to a climate or biodiversity loss denier who may also be a loved one? See https://ideas.ted.com/how-to-talk-to-someone-who-doesnt-believe-in-climate-change/ and http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/before-the-flood/articles/how-to-talk-to-a-climate-denier/ for how to approach the conversation, and https://grist.org/series/skeptics/ for scientifically-supported responses to specific misinformed beliefs. Please use your own words (i.e. do not quote) and use most of, but do not exceed, the text box below, using the preset font (12 point Times New Roman, single spaced). (2 points).”

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