Management of Biosphysical Environment 2017

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This course will examine the concepts and methods used by the state to manage the natural environment. Through an investigation into contemporary environmental issues in Canada (with occasional reference to other areas of the world) we will develop an understanding of the particular rationales for and evolution of state management. Important trends and issues are treated with particular attention to Indigenous rights. As part of the course, we use our developing understanding of course material to write critical blog posts on contemporary  environmental issues.

 

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1 semaine 5 jours ago
Hi!

Hi!
You picked an interesting topic to write about, and I really liked your explanation about what types of conflict are present and why you think regulations are the best option in the situation.
Did your belief that the residents know the cost progress would have come from your extra reading on the topic or the article? It wasn't entirely clear which it was, in context.

2 semaines 5 heures ago

Canada was actually built on a staples economy. The British used Canada for their resources and only colonized to extract resources more easily. Resource extraction can be quite damaging to the environment and to those who depend on nature as a part of their livelihoods. Although oil can create many jobs for people it is more often then not that these people are not locals, who need the jobs.

2 semaines 5 heures ago

It is important to conserve land due to the ecosystems that need the area to survive. Parks are especially important for species who are at risk or cannot adapt to human intervention. First Nations often lived off the now conserved land and were displaced in order to build the National Parks. So if the government decides to get rid of the parks the land should go back to the rightful owners. The government should keep the parks and conserve the land by providing more funding to Parks Canada.

11 mois 1 semaine ago

Hey Leo,
I really enjoyed your radio transcript on ocean acidification, it had all the important information and each topic flowed nicely into the next. I enjoyed that you used humour to try and engage the audience on the seriousness of the issue. Perhaps something you could have talked about is how many people around the world rely on the oceans for not just their food, but also their income. The collapse of fisheries can have huge consequences on the economy of a region. Perhaps tying it into the economy would be something that could make listeners think twice the next time they do a fossil fuel intensive activity, or vote, as the economy is something everyone wants to improve. I also thought that by just saying that the oceans will heal themselves with time and that we just need to take a step back, might make listeners put it at the back of their mind and may never think of it again as there is not much they can do. Perhaps there would be a better call to action? I'm not exactly sure what that would be either, because ocean acidification is a huge problem and there is no quick fix, just time like you and Harriet already mentioned. Its unfortunate that we as humans have a tendency to not want to deal with issues that are not an immediate threat or one in the not too distant future.
Great job, it was informative!

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Associate Professor of Geography, University of Guelph.

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