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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?

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  • E144U – Urbanization and Social Change Sustainability Guest Lecturer Montgomery Norton University of California, Irvine Spring 2006
  • What kind of world do we want to live in?
  • Remarks by Bill Moyers UCI – November 14, 2005 Sponsored by the School of Social Ecology
  • “The city is first a holy place.” – Lynch & Mumford
  • “ 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.
  • Fu-chen Lo and Yue-man Yeung
    • Globalization (pp. 9)
    • Food supply. (pp.11)
    • Sustainable Development can be achieved. (pp. 12)
  • 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)
  • Possible Futures National Intelligence Council (Special Advisory Board to the CIA)
    • Davos World
    • Pax Americana
    • A New Caliphate
    • Cycle of Fear
  • Millenium Ecosystem Assessment
    • “ Considers the intrinsic value of species and ecosystems.”
    • Plausible Scenarios:
      • Global Orchestration
      • Order from Strength
      • Adapting Mosaic
      • TechnoGarden
  • Scenarios for the 21 Century Hammond, A. (1998).
    • Market World
    • Fortress World
    • Transformed World
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  • Growing awareness and demand for organics and a greener evolution…
  • The Organic Revolution “ Organic revolution – it’s not just for hippies anymore”
  • The Food System
    • Relocalization
    • (Community Organic Gardens)
    • Free-Range
    • Organic
    • Biodiversity
    • Natural (Less processed foods)
  • Localized Energy Production
    • Wind Energy
    • Solar Power
    • Micro-Turbine Generators (Methane/Natural Gas)
    • Fuel Cells (Methane/Natural Gas)
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  • SimCity
    • Localization of resources, production, and services.
  • Case Study: Finland “ Finland Tops Environmental Scorecard at World Economic Forum”
  • Opportunities
    • The end of the Cold War.
    • The Iraq Wars/the “War on Terror”
    • America’s infrastructure.
  • Cycles of Civilizations
    • The Collapse of Complex Civilizations , Joseph Tainter (Eco-Economy, pp. 14)
    Collapse: How societies choose to fail or succeed , Jared Diamond
  • Responsibility Challenges Solutions Paradigm Shift Global Issues Paper