Capitalism, Sustainability, and the Environment

Environmental Justice
November 5, 2018
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November 5, 2018

Capitalism, Sustainability, and the Environment

Assignment 13: Paper 2

Capitalism, Sustainability, and the Environment

For this paper, you can refer to any of the 5 readings below.  You must use at least 3 of them for your paper. The main ideas are about how to make a sustainable environment given capitalism and its endless pursuit of economic growth.

(A) Rees, “Sustainable Development: Economic Myths and Global Realities,” p. 433

(B) Sagoff, “At the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, or Why Political Questions Are Not All Economic,” p. 441

(C) Cobb, “Toward a Just and Sustainable Economic Order,” p 451

(D) Magdoff and Foster, “What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About Capitalism,” p. 464

(E) Alan Durning, “An Ecological Critique of Global Advertising,” p. 485.

Using at least 3 of the readings above (you may use more), please identify as many problem issues as you can that the authors for each paper bring up. Consider the problems that you think are most important.

FOLLOWING THE HEADINGS BELOW THAT YOU MUST USE IN YOUR PAPER: Using separate paragraphs, explain each problem that you find. You should identify the author for each problem. An author may give more than one problem. Second, just explain what the authors say about what to do about the problems they identify. Make sure to identify the author. Third, please critically discuss these ideas. Which problems and solutions do you agree or disagree with, and why? Use one idea per paragraph. Finally, summarize your view and explain: What do you think are the relevant problems with our current system, and what solutions you would propose to help address these problems? I would like to know what you think of our economic systems and their relation to environmental problems, What are the problems and what are the solutions?

Please put the following 4 headings in your paper. The minimum acceptable word count to pass the paper is 900 words, and you may write as much as you want to do excellent work. Please supply the word count, and do not include any of these instructions in your paper, except the 4 headings shown below that MUST be typed into your paper.


1. Problems the Authors Bring Up

2. Authors’ Proposed Solutions

3. My Critical Discussion of Authors’ Claims in Sections 1 and 2

4. Summary of My View of Problems and Solutions


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