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  • Has not Capitalism and competition for material wealth become our religion
    Sustainability reclaims the quality of life indicators, including: value, peace, nature, beauty, art, culture, purpose, and inspiration
    To what are we devoted?
  • “In a well ordered world, there would be no limits, physical, cultural, or political, to such a system of co-operation…
    Once technics releases itself from the costly wholesale preparations for genocide…
  • There is no doubt that globalization has sharpened the basic conflicts between the old and the new, secularism and religion, the West and the East, the haves and the have-nots. (pp. 9)
    One potentially critical problem already being faced by some mega-cities is food supply. (pp.11)
    Overall, the world population must be able to stabilize at a certain level such that sustainable development can be achieved. (pp. 12)
  • Davos World: China & India reshaping globalization through robust economic growth.
    Pax Americana: U.S. predominance survives the radical changes to the global political landscape.
    A New Caliphate: radical religious identity politics constituting a challenge to Western norms & values
    Cycle of Fear: large-scale intrusive security measures are taken to prevent outbreaks of deadly attacks.
  • Market World: A new golden age of prosperity. “The spread of capitalism furthers the spread of freedom and democracy.”
    Fortress World: Instability and violence?
    Transformed World: Changing the human endeavor?
  • Sustainability

    1. 1. E144U – Urbanization and Social Change Sustainability Guest Lecturer Montgomery Norton University of California, Irvine Spring 2006
    2. 2. What kind of world do we want to live in?
    3. 3. Remarks by Bill Moyers UCI – November 14, 2005 Sponsored by the School of Social Ecology
    4. 4. “The city is first a holy place.” – Lynch & Mumford
    5. 5. “Urban Constellation” – Lewis Mumford (pp. 566, ¶ 2) Using satellite images of city lights at night, NASA scientists are mapping the spread of urban areas around the globe and monitoring their impact on our planet's ecosystem.
    6. 6. Fu-chen Lo and Yue-man Yeung • Globalization (pp. 9) • Food supply. (pp.11) • Sustainable Development can be achieved. (pp. 12)
    7. 7. Peak Oil, Post Carbon Cities, Powerdown • “Peak oil production and the arc of depletion that follows” • The loss of Fossil Fuels and what that means… (Colin Campbell – the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas)
    8. 8. Possible Futures National Intelligence Council (Special Advisory Board to the CIA) • Davos World • Pax Americana • A New Caliphate • Cycle of Fear
    9. 9. Millenium Ecosystem Assessment • “Considers the intrinsic value of species and ecosystems.” • Plausible Scenarios: – Global Orchestration – Order from Strength – Adapting Mosaic – TechnoGarden
    10. 10. Scenarios for the 21 Century Hammond, A. (1998). • Market World • Fortress World • Transformed World
    11. 11. Growing awareness and demand for organics and a greener evolution…
    12. 12. The Organic Revolution “Organic revolution – it’s not just for hippies anymore”
    13. 13. The Food System • Relocalization (Community Organic Gardens) • Free-Range • Organic • Biodiversity • Natural (Less processed foods)
    14. 14. Localized Energy Production • Wind Energy • Solar Power • Micro-Turbine Generators (Methane/Natural Gas) • Fuel Cells (Methane/Natural Gas)
    15. 15. SimCity • Localization of resources, production, and services.
    16. 16. Case Study: Finland “Finland Tops Environmental Scorecard at World Economic Forum”
    17. 17. Opportunities • The end of the Cold War. • The Iraq Wars/the “War on Terror” • America’s infrastructure.
    18. 18. Cycles of Civilizations The Collapse of Complex Civilizations, Joseph Tainter (Eco-Economy, pp. 14) Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed, Jared Diamond
    19. 19. ResponsibilityChallenges Solutions Paradigm Shift Global Issues Paper

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