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Life Style and Global Warming

  1. 1. Life Style and Global Warming Dr. Renuka Rajasekaran
  2. 2. Did You know? <ul><li>Global Warming is linked to life-style of human individuals. </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Global Warming? <ul><li>Global warming refers to an increase in the Earth’s average surface air temperature. Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  4. 4. Global warming <ul><li>Global warming and cooling in themselves are not necessarily bad, since the Earth has gone through cycles of temperature change many times in its 4.5 billion years. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Global warming <ul><li>However, as used today, global warming usually means a fast, unnatural increase that is enough to cause the expected climate conditions to change rapidly and often cataclysmically. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Before we deal with this issue, first <ul><li>Let us see some facts about global warming </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  7. 7. When did Global Warming start? <ul><li>Global warming, although only recently recognized as a major ecological issue, probably began near the end of the nineteenth century when carbon dioxide emissions from burning coal, gas, and oil were spewing into our atmosphere at high rates. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  8. 8. Why does the globe warm? <ul><li>The carbon, which remains in the atmosphere for 100 years or more, traps more and more heat from the sun, creating a “greenhouse effect.” Subsequently, the earth’s temperatures rise, directly resulting in serious changes to our environment . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Witness the effects of Global Warming <ul><li>Already the effects of Global Warming on wildlife are alarming. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy: </li></ul>
  10. 10. Witness the effects of Global Warming <ul><li>Climate changes are sharply felt in arctic regions as ice floes melt away, reducing hunting options for polar bears, and bringing grisly bears further northward. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  11. 11. Witness the effects of Global Warming <ul><li>Creatures in all regions of the earth are affected as their habitats are altered by rising temperatures.  </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. Witness the effects of Global Warming <ul><li>Warmer ocean temperatures have already caused catastrophic shifts in weather patterns causing more category 4 and 5 hurricanes, drought, and increased coastal flooding. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Courtesy: </li></ul>
  13. 13. Sea Level Rise: Look at the Headlines ( Science Daily ) <ul><li>Sea Level Rise Of One Meter Within 100 Years (Jan. 11, 2009) — New research indicates that the ocean could rise in the next 100 years to a meter higher than the current sea level -- which is three times higher than predictions from the UN's Intergovernmental ...  >  read more </li></ul><ul><li>Carbon Dioxide Role In Past Climate Revealed (Apr. 25, 2005) — Researchers at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the University of California, Santa Cruz have discovered that Earth's last great global warming period, 3 million years ago, may have been caused ...  >  read more </li></ul><ul><li> Sea Level Rise Due To Global Warming Poses Threat To New York City (Mar. 16, 2009) — Global warming is expected to cause the sea level along the northeastern US coast to rise almost twice as fast as global sea levels during this century, putting New York City at greater risk for ...  >  read more </li></ul><ul><li> Secrets Of The Deep May Hold Clue To Ancient Global Warming (Feb. 26, 2006) — Global warming events 420 million years ago, comparable to those currently beginning to affect our planet, may have caused catastrophic environmental changes in an ancient ocean, threatening the life ...  >  read more </li></ul><ul><li>NASA Study Finds World Warmth Edging Ancient Levels (Sep. 26, 2006) — A new study by NASA climatologists finds that the world's temperature is reaching a level that has not been seen in thousands of ...  >  read more </li></ul>
  14. 14. Future is at stake <ul><li>Future consequences of the greenhouse effect could include considerable environmental destruction and major health risks.  </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. Global warming can be traced directly to human activities <ul><li>combustion of fossil fuels </li></ul><ul><li>various industrial processes </li></ul><ul><li>deforestation, and </li></ul><ul><li>other changes in land use. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Individuals matter more <ul><li>Checking excessive global warming is a complex issue that requires a multi pronged approach from policy makers, heads of institutions, and </li></ul><ul><li>a participation from every human being who inhabits planet Earth. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Did you know? <ul><li>Different countries contribute differently to global warming </li></ul><ul><li>This means that Global warming has a link to the lifestyles of peoples </li></ul>
  18. 18. For instance <ul><li>The United States constitutes 4 per cent of the world population. It is responsible for a quarter of all carbon dioxide emissions - an average of 40,000 pounds of carbon dioxide is released by each US citizen every year - the highest of any country in the world, and more than China, India and Japan combined </li></ul>
  19. 19. Exploitation without inputs <ul><li>“ Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.” [ Uncle Vanya , 1897] </li></ul>
  20. 20. For Example <ul><ul><li>Despite having just 2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>per cent of known oil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reserves, the US </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>consumes 25 per cent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>of the world's oil </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>production </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Ecosystem and Culture <ul><li>It is now increasingly being recognized that nature and its rich biodiversity still support, and in turn, are maintained by a great diversity of ecosystem people and their cultures the world over (Gadgil, 1995; McNeely, 1995). </li></ul>
  22. 22. Ecosystem and human beings <ul><li>The hunter-gatherers and shifting cultivators throughout the world typically possessed a 'weltanschauung' in which man is considered an integral part of the ecosystem. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  23. 23. What is Life-Style? <ul><li>Way of living of individuals, families (households), and societies, which they manifest in coping with their physical, psychological, social, and economic environments on a day-to-day basis. Lifestyle is expressed in both work and leisure behavior patterns and (on an individual basis) in activities, attitudes, interests, opinions, and allocation of income. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy: </li></ul>
  24. 24. What is life style? <ul><li>Life style also reflects people's self image or self concept; the way they see themselves and believe they are seen by the others. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy: </li></ul><ul><li>Top: </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom: </li></ul>
  25. 25. Lifestyle is… <ul><li>Lifestyle is a composite of motivations, needs, and wants and is influenced by factors such as culture,, family, reference groups, and social class. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy Top: </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom: </li></ul>
  26. 26. Western Philosophical Thoughts <ul><li>Contrast to the traditional concept of man as an integral part of nature, </li></ul><ul><li>Man-nature dualism, is emphasized in the western philosophical thoughts of Descartes, Bacon, Liebnitz, and many others. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  27. 27. The East – West Contrast <ul><li>Many Western philosophers generally assume as a given that the individual is something distinct from the entire universe, and many Western philosophers </li></ul><ul><li>attempt to describe and categorize the universe from a detached, objective viewpoint. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Eastern religions, on the other hand, typically hold that people are an intrinsic and inseparable part of the universe, and that attempts to discuss the universe from an objective viewpoint as though the individual speaking was something separate and detached from the whole are inherently absurd. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  28. 28. There lies the key difference <ul><li>The east – west cultural-philosophical contrast and the concomitant life-style differences determine the approach toward nature. </li></ul><ul><li>By and large, Eastern life style targets prudential use of natural resources while conserving them </li></ul><ul><li>By and large, Western life style targets liberal use of natural resources as a matter of right of human individuals as a consumer </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom: </li></ul>
  29. 29. Psychographics tells us <ul><li>The analysis of consumer life styles (called psychographics ) tells us that today consumer world is dominated by chemical and other artificial products, that sustain and develop industries aggravating global warming </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  30. 30. Indigenous peoples <ul><li>In the exploration of environmental ethics and religion toward an ecologically sustainable society, indigenous peoples and traditional ecological knowledge have attracted considerable attention from both scholars and popular movements. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Courtesy: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  31. 31. Indigenous Societies <ul><li>The 'organic cosmology' of the indigenous societies shaped an ecological ethic that stresses the importance of saving the planet earth. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  32. 32. Traditional ecological knowledge <ul><li>Traditional ecological knowledge includes the worldview or religious traditions of a society. It is both cumulative and dynamic, building on experience and adapting to change, as societies constantly redefine what is considered &quot;traditional.“ </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  33. 33. Traditional knowledge and Market-oriented Culture <ul><li>However, the ecological ethic of indigenous societies is undermined by western science and market-oriented culture (Merchant, 1980; Nelson, 1993). </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  34. 34. We need to change <ul><li>In today’s difficult times, it is important for us to look back at where we started, how we went astray, </li></ul><ul><li>and how well and how soon can we adapt ourselves to a nature-benign life. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  35. 35. Indigenous Cultures <ul><li>Nevertheless, those indigenous cultures that are still surviving retain their traditional ecological ethic, which now seems to have profound conservation implications (Gadgil and Guha, 1992). </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  36. 36. Tribal and indigenous peoples' lifestyles <ul><li>Tribal and indigenous peoples' . . . lifestyles can offer modern societies </li></ul><ul><li>many lessons in the management of resources in complex forest, mountain, and dry-land ecosystems. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> . </li></ul>
  37. 37. Indigenous Societies <ul><li>There are traditions of ecological knowledge in various indigenous societies in South America, Australia, and parts of Africa and Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  38. 38. Indigenous Peoples’ Life style <ul><li>Culturally transmitted, cumulative, multigenerational knowledge is held also by some groups that have European backgrounds, such as Newfoundland fishers and Swiss Alpine people. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  39. 39. Indigenous Peoples <ul><li>Their perceptions and knowledge have in part been shaped by their values, worldviews, and environmental ethics - religion in the broader sense. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  40. 40. Indigenous Mechanisms of Conservation of Environmental Health <ul><li>Establishment and maintenance of sacred groves. </li></ul><ul><li>Tree worship </li></ul><ul><li>Plant worship </li></ul><ul><li>Animal worship </li></ul><ul><li>Taboos in the harvesting and consumption of plants </li></ul><ul><li>Taboos in the hunting and consumption of animals </li></ul><ul><li>Rejection of use of food and other materials of foreign origin in customs and rituals </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental ethics in folklores and rituals </li></ul>
  41. 41. God in the East-West perspectives <ul><li>A common thread that often differentiates Eastern philosophy from Western is the belief regarding the relationship between God or the gods and the universe. Some Western philosophies typically either disavow the existence of God, or else hold that God or the gods are something separate and distinct from the universe. </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  42. 42. The respect and fear for God <ul><li>Several environmental concerns and protective measures are associated with fear of God and fear of sins </li></ul>
  43. 43. Ecology of worship <ul><li>A large number of plants are being protected in the name of God and religious and cultural </li></ul><ul><li>beliefs and customs </li></ul>
  44. 44. Ecology of worship <ul><li>A large number of animals are being protected in the name of God and religious and cultural </li></ul><ul><li>beliefs and customs </li></ul>
  45. 45. Validation <ul><li>Although, one cannot physically vindicate the presence of God or the impact of sin, </li></ul><ul><li>In terms of environmental protection, such belief systems do benefit a great deal </li></ul>
  46. 46. Example: Eating in Banana Leaves <ul><li>There are several benign practices in vogue even today. </li></ul><ul><li>Let us all recognize them, document them, and cherish them </li></ul>
  47. 47. For Example: Clay Vessels instead of Plastic; native medicines instead of chemical-based pharmaceuticals
  48. 48. There are innumerable benign practices <ul><li>Let us all join in following them, to save our future generations from the devastating effects of global warming and environmental degradation </li></ul><ul><li>Picture Courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  49. 49. Let us Salute and Follow the Indigenous Communities <ul><li>Indigenous communities are the repositories of vast accumulations of traditional knowledge and experience that link humanity with its ancient origins. Their disappearance is a loss for the larger society, which could learn a great deal from their traditional skills in sustainably managing very complex ecological systems </li></ul><ul><li>Picture courtesy </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  50. 50. References <ul><li>Gadgil, M. 1995. Prudence and profligacy: a human ecological perspective. In: The Economics and Ecology of Biodiversity. Decline (Ed. T.M. Swanson), pp. 99-110. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Gadgil, M. and Guha, R. 1992. This Fissured Land . Oxford University Press. Delhi. </li></ul><ul><li>Merchant, C. 1980. The Death of the Nature: Women, Ecology and the Scientific Revolution . Harper and Row, New York. Nelson, R. 1993. Searching for the lost arrow: physical and spiritual ecology in the hunter's world. In: The Biophilia Hypothesis. (Eds. S.R. Killert and E.O. Wilson), pp. 201-228. </li></ul><ul><li>Island Press, Washington, D.C. Uncle Vanya , 1897 </li></ul><ul><li>United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development m Our Common Future 1987: 12,114-15 </li></ul>