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EcoUniv Weekend Reads : Oct 2020

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #34

4 October 2020

Conservation: A project to conserve habitats and restore populations of puffins and other seabirds, on islands near the US-Canada border, since 1973.

Restoration: Rewilding of a 3500-acre farm in UK has enriched biodiversity.

Gandhi: Environmentalism and Gandhi.

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #35

11 October 2020

Conservation: The Tasmanian Devil returns to mainland Australia after 3,000 years.

Climate: September 2020 was the warmest on record.

Environmental Education: In part 3 of the “Painting the college green” series, we suggest two required courses for 2nd Year College, and provide syllabi for them.

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #36

18 October 2020

Renewable Energy: A new material increases the efficiency of solar panels from the current 22% to 28%.

Diverse Societies: In this section, we will feature links to snapshots/videos of diverse human societies with values different than the industrial man. It underscores the fact that despite the onslaught of monoculture and industrialization, many of our societies have hung on to their roots.

Video: The Mennonites, a traditional, religious society in Central America shun modern technology and amenities.

Environmental Education: In Part 4 of the “Painting the college green” series, we suggest two required courses for 3rd Year College, and provide syllabi for them.

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #37

25 October 2020

Finance: “Environmental-Social-Governance” oriented investing (ESG) has become popular these days, but is it really effective? What are the trends on the ground?

Economics: This article looks at Prof. Amartya Sen’s work as a “great critique” of capitalism and discusses ideas like material critique vs. moral critique, the value of Prof. Sen’s work in the discourse on inequality, and moral degradation associated with capitalism.

Consumerism and Psychology: Does the explosion in choice, fostered by capitalism, actually help us? In this video, Prof. Renata Salecl talks about anxiety and dissatisfaction inherent to today’s choices.

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