Ecological Literature and Week 3’s goals

So it’s finally Spring Break for us here at Bridgewater State University.

Instead of getting on a plane and taking a vacation somewhere where I’d have to participate in an incredible expenditure of fuel, I’m going to stay home and commit to my personal work and  writing.

I’ve read a lot of interesting literature as part of my “Sustainable Cities” course, one of which is Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic”. I’ve Linked it below, and I highly recommend the read to anyone. How true his words remain today. He essentially discusses extending our concept of ethics to incorporate the physical world. Without the necessary attitude, moving on to policy change will be difficult.

Next up is Herman E. Daly’s “Steady-State Economy”. Daly is an “ecological economist” a branch of economics that emphasizes ecological sustainability as the top priority. I couldn’t’ find an except of the text but did provide an article by the guy on 10 policies that would help us move into a more sustainable economy. He claims the current economic paradigm suffers from something called “growthmania”, or the over-emphasis of economic growth. The biggest concern is that costs to the environment are not subtracted from our GDP and instead are added to it; effectively removing the only measure we could have on the ecological consequences of our own economics.

Finally, I’d like to update my status on my own sustainability goals.

So far my family has been pretty good at separating the waste but I’ve found several items that could have been recycled in the trash. I’m going to follow the example of my cousin Pat and actually create a bin with separate compartments to make recycling easier. One of my goals was to reduce the amount I’ve been eating out but so far that’s been a challenge and I’ve given in a few times. However, I made sure not to stop at large chain stores and choose local businesses instead.

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