Minutes of from Class (29 January 2007)

Idea of Ecological Foot-printing:
1. Rough models are used in the calculation of footprints.
2. Specifics and details taken into account for footprint.
a) Water Use (whole) vs. Ag Consumption/Individual’s Consumption
3. What does the footprint actually mean?

Online Data From Article:
1. Does one Earth really account for all things, both produced and consumed?
a) Why is one Earth the max?
b) Is the one Earth static, or can it change?
2. The consumption of renewable and non-renewable resources.
3. Excel spreadsheet about global footprint from article.

Global Consumption:
1. Resources:
a) Food
b) Fuel
2. Ethics of change and impact on current trends.
a) Why change?

1. Calculating one’s own footprint online.
a) Why is there a difference when different countries are used?
b) Infrastructure and national averages as possible answers.
2. Extreme makeovers of individual’s lives vs. current trends of consumption.
a) Alternative are needed in order to create change.

Changes in Efficiency and Placement of Resource:
1. Litigation/lobbying vs. individual’s actions.
a) How can one person contribute and yet have a global impact?

1. Logistics
2. Ideas

1. Sign-ups

Field Trip Possibility:
1. San Francisco’s urban wildlife
2. Guinevere’s work

3 thoughts on “Minutes of from Class (29 January 2007)

  1. Madhu

    OK. Thanks for posting the minutes, Jose. This is a good start, but I have to say, I was hoping for more of a reflective narrative summarizing and synthesizing the discussion, which I thought was quite lively. So for the future (and this is not just for you, but for everyone else in class), please devote a little bit of time to reflect and synthesize, rather than just listing out minutes. Give us your personal take – don’t be shy about expressing your opinion. Think about what we can do to follow-up on the class discussion. Share any other connections you made after the class, or any interesting tangents this topic sent you off on. That will be more useful to you and everyone else, no?

  2. Jim

    Oh, there was something that I wanted to say in class but I didn’t. I think in one point in the class, we were talking about how people aren’t reacting to the problems(i.e. habitat degradation, etc.) that are present in the world. All I have to say is that the only reason why we’re not doing anything about it is because it doesn’t directly affect us yet. For instance, in other parts of the world, like Africa, there is starvation and the like, but few people(I think) are doing anything about it. We’re all worried about our own problems.

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