What threats do you think environmental sociology will have to address in the future? (Points: 10) Give a few examples of how industrial activity has caused inequality in third-world nations and in minority populations. (Points: 10) As an expert in environmental sociology, you have been asked to give a brief speech at a major international conference on the future of the world’s environment. What will you say? Be sure in your speech to say whether we should be optimistic or pessimistic. Justify your answer sociologically, drawing on material from this course on consumer products and services and how they will impact the environment in the future. Also, please be sure to describe how environmental goods and bads play a role in the future of the world’s environment in terms of social-economic status. (Points: 30) The development of a natural conscience depends upon the sense of a realm free from the pollution of social interests-a natural other, from which we may gain a sense of a natural me. But is such a realm possible? Can there be a moral realm that is truly free of social interests? Explain. Compare and contrast how we can still keep a free market, a Capitalistic system without destroying our environment. How can we still have a free market and Capitalism and still maintain a sustainable society? (Points: 30) Social inequality is often said to be the underlying social cause of environmental decline. Compare and contrast social inequality’s role in the following processes: the distribution of pollution, over-consumption, the treadmill of production, capitalism, free markets, uneven development, and conceptions of nature. Also, provide some possible solutions to this environmental decline and overall inequality. (Points: 30)
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