ENV1101: Global Environmental Challenges
The first assignment is based on your reading of the book: A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright (2004). In this assignment you are required to address the following:
1. Provide a brief overview of the book
2. Answer the following: Why, if civilizations so often destroy themselves, has the overall experiment ofcivilization done so well? (p. 102). How does the author answer this question? What does he suggest isdifferent today that would make the overall experiment of civilization do less well going forward?
3. Argue the position that we can avoid this and that we have begun moving towards a sustainable future.Draw on examples/evidence from the peer-reviewed literature to make your argument
4. Detail your personal perspective. Are you hopeful? Are you prepared to make the necessary lifestyle changes to reduce your impact? Is society prepared?