Things: Carbon Dioxide, Trees


C02: The most common gaseous form of carbon.

Chapter 9 discusses the history of carbon dioxide and how it relates to changes in climate, and then describes the solutions that are offered from the Institutions (Chapter 4), Markets and Commodities (Chapter 3), and Political Economy (Chapter 7) perspectives.

C02 slides here.

Paul Robbins, John Hintz, and Sarah A. Moore, Environment & Society: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition), Chapter 9.

Notes and Links:

Two OWU climate courses: Both Dr. Rowley: GEOG 245 Weather & Climate & GEOG 375: Climate Change (spring 2020)

The prisoner’s dilemma (p. 149-):

The “President’s Climate Commitment” – an effort among colleges and universities. OWU students voted (overwhelmingly) in 2008 (I believe) supporting signing onto this commitment. OWU’s sustainability task force studied the agreement. The results are here: Ultimately OWU did not sign on to the agreement.

Citizen’s Climate Lobby: New OWU chapter, organized by Mahnoor Ansari.

Trees are defined as perennial plants with a woody structure.

Chapter 10 explores the complex relationships between people and trees. Of particular concern are the ideas that people construct about trees, and how the way that we understand trees influences how we interact with them. This chapter considers trees through the perspectives of Population and Scarcity (Chapter 2), Markets and Commodities (Chapter 3), Political Economy (Chapter 7), and Ethics (Chapter 5).

Tree slides here.

Paul Robbins, John Hintz, and Sarah A. Moore, Environment & Society: A Critical Introduction (2nd edition), Chapter 10.

Notes and links:

Courses in Botany and Environmental History (Dr. Arnold)

Global Forest Watch: interactive global map; tree-cover gain and loss over time + additional related ecological data

Reconciliation Ecology on OWU’s campus: Difficult given the strict academic campus aesthetic, but bioretention cells, chimney swift tower, bird feeders and houses, etc.

OWU’s Jane Decker Arboretum: Started around 1870. Plato’s Academy.

Why should trees have legal rights?

An extraordinary legal revolution is unfolding around the world. Last month, in a historic ruling, Colombia’s Supreme Court declared that the Amazon is a legal person with rights − to be protected, conserved and restored − and ordered the state to reduce deforestation.

This past year alone, from India to New Zealand, four rivers, two glaciers and a sacred mountain have been granted legal personhood. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights declared that the regional human-rights treaty protects the rights of the environment as such. U.S. municipalities are joining in.

1 thought on “Things: Carbon Dioxide, Trees”

  1. Joe Warner
    Professor Krygier
    ENVS 100
    20th September 2020
    Chapter 9 and 10
    One word that really stuck out to me in this chapter is climate change. I know its a very big deal and has been for a while but how its increasing at a faster rate each year tells everyone that we still aren’t helping our environments. Greenhouse gases are rising higher each year hurting our environments. Some examples of climate change is the rise of sea levels due to the melting of glaciers, another problem is increase in temperatures around the earth causing crazy storms, tornados, hurricanes and other extreme weather patterns. whats even worse is the impact climate change has on us is species going extinct, not being able to farm due to agricultural struggles, and places surrounded by water might lose their land due to the sea levels rising. The Kyoto Protocol also brought attention to me because of the impact of Carbon Dioxide emissions, companies agreed to reduce their emissions. With the protocol in place, countries can trade emissions with each other. Also, countries that are more developed have mandatory cuts and be able to share their technology with less developed countries. on the flip side less developed countries only have voluntary cuts but this helps with all countries. Also helps save our environments, or at least reducing the emissions.

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