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Archive for April, 2012

Looking at the section “Environmental Justice Problems”, I was very shocked to see that people of different races and backgrounds (described in the text as people of color and poor) would have their views and opinions not represented since on the board of decision making for environmentalists and political figures, due to their status in […]

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Robert Bullard’s Article, Smart Growth Meets Environmental Justice introduces the concept similarities of smart growth and environmental justice goals. However, the representation in each of these movements is stratified (like most movements) by color. Although smart growth wants to restructure communities in order to reduce air pollution etc., environmental justice includes the discrimination of populations […]

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On Eco-Socialism

Right at the beginning of the eco-modernation section, the main argument that eco-socialism presents is that capitalism is the major cause of contemporary global environmental problems and that only in a socialist society can we discover a relationship with nature that is sustainable but not regressive in terms of human development. Sounds strangely familiar, doesn’t […]

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A relatively short but compelling book written by Jeremy Bellamy Foster provides a distinctive analysis on the ecological crisis that our world faces, setting it apart from other similar studies. Foster’s objective is to provide a historical analysis on the global environmental crisis from a Marxist standpoint and criticize historian’s over-emphasis on industrial development as […]

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I attended a very interesting and PA-pertinent environmental studies campus event yesterday- an Earth Issues series event presented by ALLARM director Julie Vastine entitled “Monitoring Marcellus Shale”.  The event took place at 5 PM in Kaufmann 179, and was a presentation explaining the role of Carlisle/Dickinson College’s ALLARM organization in monitoring stream quality in the […]

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I was curious about the discussion we were having in class today, so I did a quick search on the internet and found declining hunting populations in the U.S. http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-201_162-3228893.html “New figures from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show that the number of hunters 16 and older declined by 10 percent between 1996 and […]

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Although Yugoslavia is not a direct topic for this course, it certainly could be. Yugoslavia was always a maverick in the so-called Second World of communist countries, and had much closer ties to the “West”. This was due partly to its history, as the country became communist largely independently in the aftermath of World War […]

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In Melissa L. Caldwell’s book, Dacha Idylls, she explains the Russian lifestyle of dachas. A Dacha is a seasonal or year-round second home. Something I found interesting was how close that dachas are connected to nature. In Russia having such an intense winter makes the summer all that enjoyable. Many Russian families make the trek […]

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Dachas and Natural Foods

In the chapter “Dacha Enchantment”, I found it interesting how the owners of the dachas, or small cottages in Russia, responded when asked how they bought a dacha. Instead of saying that they paid for the dacha, they tell others that it was given to them. It represents communism and  that the people feel they […]

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Fidel Castro is showing up in the news, lately. The Miami Marlins just suspended manager Ozzie Guillen for five games for reportedly saying “I love Castro” in an interview with Time magazine. Miami is of course the heart of the Cuban exile community. You can read about this just about everywhere, but here’s the reaction from […]

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