History of Environmental Alteration


Based on the lecture and discussions in class, identify the main milestones discussed through the different eras. Select the most significant two in your own views and describe them in further details explaining the reasons of their importance.

Your response should be 1½-2 pages, typed, Times New Roman, 12 font, 1.5-spaced. It shall be posted on the class blog.


Environment: History & Evolution


At early times of their existence, humans altered the environment and with time their impacts started to increase. Based on the lecture and discussions in class, summarize briefly the tope milestones of major change in the evolution of development processes and its direct impact on the environment. Highlight where we, as humans, did good or bad to the environment and which is the best era/milestone, that we were less harmful to the environment.


Introduction to Class & You’re your vision statement


As an environmentalist with a purpose, objective and commitment to the environment, and using your previous knowledge and experience, write in no more than 150 words your vision statement for the environment. Describe how do you envision the environment and what is your role and environmental expert in the field.  ‪


Introduction to Class & Your understanding of the Global Env. Crisis


What do you know about Global Environmental Crisis and what does it mean to you? Where do you see the world heading and what can be done to save the environment? What is your role as an environmentalist in fixing the global environmental crisis or at least reduce its impacts?

In no more than 150 words, and as an environmentalist or an environmental advocate, provide your views on the above questions and highlight what it takes to reverse the Global Environmental Crises and have a sustainable future for the coming generations.


Environmental Planning in a Capitalist Economy: How advertising can be used in nature’s favor | By: Kelsey A. Wilson


This project is inspired by Ad Busters, a self-proclaimed group of “artists, writers, musicians, designers, poets, philosophers and punks trying to pull off a radical transformation of the current world order”. The group was founded in Canada in 1989 after a large logging corporation ran advertisements in favor of clear cutting old growth forests. The founders of Ad Busters created the concept of the “uncommercial” and attempted to broadcast advertisements that were against the logging industry. Ad Busters began to advocate for changing the way people receive information and created a magazine, “uncommercials”, art and writing that expressed the concepts and ideas of anti-consumerism.

Although not specifically focused on environmental issues, the groups work regarding the economy overlaps with principles in the environmental field. The art work tackles the concepts of greenwashing and corporation’s control over the flow of information to consumers. Non-profits and other groups that advocate for environmental and social justice issues rarely have the time, money or power to have their message heard with the same force as large corporations. Ad Busters attempts to bridge this gap through their poignant, yet powerful messages.

From the readings and discussion in this class, the author has come to the conclusion that two of the major contributing factors to continued environmental degradation is capitalism as economy and the lack of education surrounding environmental issues. Let us not forget that there are other economic systems that could be implemented. It is our job as environmental stewards and people of integrity to demand changes. The status quo cannot be maintained. The continued pressure to create and consume has detrimental effects on the human psyche, the ecological systems and the stability of the human race.

Capitalism is multifaceted and these writings and analysis will focus on the aspect of advertising as a tool of the capitalist economic system. Using the tool of advertising to defeat consumerism; beat it at its own game by using “environmental advertising” as a way to educate people who do not understand the real life implications of consumerism.

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