ERIC Number: ED331724
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-25
Reference Count: N/A
Blueprint for a Better World...A Book That Introduces a New, Simpler, Comprehensive Method of Understanding Our Environment. Rough Draft.
Richards, David B.
The world is growing technologically at a rapid pace and people's understanding of these new technological advances and their effects upon the world and its various populations and environments must keep up the pace. Technological advances bring with them ever greater potential problems for humanity and for the world environment. The complications brought about by technological advances are subtle and hard to understand. The goal of this book is to introduce a simple and understandable method for analyzing these overwhelmingly numerous and complex considerations that governments, activists, industry, and citizens can easily put into practice. Chapters include: (1) "The Specialist," which discusses the value of generalized understanding of problems; (2) "The Couch Potato," which discusses the dangers of laziness and apathy; (3) "The Ozone Layer," which provides an example of the interaction of laziness and over specialization in the context of an environmental problem; (4) "Social Costs" (costs incurred when one person or entity negatively affects another without compensating that person or entity for losses which result from their actions); (5) "The Method, In Brief" (a six step method for analyzing proposed changes and calculating possible effects using a computer); and (6) "Conclusions." (CW)
Descriptors: Activism, Environmental Education, Evaluation Methods, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Science and Society
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Analysis; Environmental Action; Environmental Problems