Paul Ehrlich, Towards Sustainable Development, Species And Ecosystems

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Register to read the introduction… Among the authors making a big splash were Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist who published a book entitled The Population Bomb in 1968 which has since been oft cited by those concerned with population growth and its strain on the environment. Although parts of his book are disastrously misguided (his predictions of doom called for the earth to be long destroyed by now), Ehrlich (along with his research assistant, wife Anne) addresses many of the problems commonly conceived of by today’s informed citizens: a dwindling food supply, human effects on biogeochemical cycles, and deforestation, all related in varying degrees to the pressures felt by today’s primates and other species. Ehrlich …show more content…
These include the growth of cities, industrialization, and the expanding human population. Ultimately, while these sections are full of valuable data and pertinent to our discussion, I want to zero in on two specific parts of the documents, the chapters “Towards Sustainable Development” and “Species and Ecosystems,” which will offer a framework for tackling our two case studies. “Towards Sustainable Development” offers a lengthy but general discussion of how to think about worldwide growth in a “sustainable” manner. However, the document lacks the cultural particularity that would allow it to be useful to guide some of the world’s most threatened areas, those housing our flagship species of primates and other animals. Take, for example, the simple bullet list which outlines what “the pursuit of sustainable development requires”: • A political system that secures effective citizen participation in decision

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