SUS1501 – Sustainability and Greed
Student Name|Anelle Strauss|
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By submitting this portfolio, I implicitly declare that this is my own work except for the “Introduction” which was kindly written for me by my lecturer.
My aim in compiling this portfolio was to reflect on the things that have struck me throughout this crazy module. My starting point for doing this was to revisit my opinions to the multiple choice questions which were presented in the Crossroads assignment. I present these current opinions, together with my original opinions, and some brief notes in the section entitled: “Back at the Crossroads!”Once I have done this, I draw some key conclusions about this crazy module and about the things that did indeed strike me. |
Back at the Crossroads!
1. “The assets of the three richest people in the world match the combined annual GDP’s of the 48 poorest countries.” My personal opinion on this statement is most closely described by:|Opinion then|Opinion now| A.|Good for them – they worked hard to get their wealth |x|x| B.|The only problem I have with this is that this money is in their bank account and not in mine ||| C.|No problem with this – many of these people give huge amounts to charities||| D.|I think that it is morally wrong for anyone to have that much money ||| E.|I think that active steps should be taken to correct such immoral wealth imbalances ||| Notes:I still believe that they are worthy of this if worked hard for. |
2. “Unless fossil-fuel use slows dramatically, the earth’s average temperature could rise by six degrees Celsius in the next 100 years.” My personal opinion on this statement is most closely described by:|Opinion then|Opinion now| A.|Who cares? |||
B.|I don’t believe this climate change nonsense |||
C.|Six degrees will make winters much more bearable to me personally ||| D.|I’m a bit concerned about this, but there is nothing that I can do about it ||| E.|I’m a bit concerned about this, but why should I invest my personal time, effort or money in solving a general social problem. |x|| F.|I think that individually we can and should strive to solve this problem for the greater good ||x| Notes:I personally believe that all should try one way or another to try and minimize the use of fossil-fuel, my opinion is based on discussion I recently had with a few friends of mine. |
3. “If the present growth trends in world population, industrialization, pollution, food production, and resource depletion continue unchanged, the limits to growth on this planet will be reached sometime within the next one hundred years. The most probable result will be a rather sudden and uncontrollable decline in both population and industrial capacity.” My personal opinion on this statement is most closely described by:|Opinion then|Opinion now| A.|I don’t believe this tale of doom. |||
B.|Yes we are consuming natural resources too fast, but I don’t think this is a problem as there is plenty of time to find technological solutions to problems that emerge||| C.|Yes we are consuming natural resources too fast. The first priority in solving this is to put the brakes on human population growth. |x|x| D.|Yes we are consuming natural resources too fast. The first priority in solving this is for rich people to reduce their consumption significantly. ||| E.|Yes we are consuming natural resources too fast. And frankly I don’t see any solution because increasing consumption is the basis of our economic growth. ||| Notes:I still take strongly to the fact that the population growth of certain parts of our country should be monitored and curbed to the point of people only have a maximum of two children. Also they should very clearly understand that one should not have children if you are unable to care for them. |
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