"Us" Vs "Them"
It is tempting to blame "them" for large scale environmental problems such as pollution, global warming and the destruction of species and ecosystems. But, ultimately, there is no "they". All humans are damaging the environment, and we all must work together to save it. In order to work together, we must understand the magnitude of impact a particular action might have. For example, is ocean pollution is due to large events, like oil spills at sea, or due to the accumulated impact of small events, like oil that washes off the streets into storm drains?
Assignment 1: Answer the following questions for each of the pictures below; links to the original web pages are given below each picture.
Small individual actions can make a big differenceAssignment 2: Using the links below, as well as anything you remember from class, make a list of 5 or 6 things you personally could do to help the ocean. Make some estimate of how likely you are to actually do these things, and write down some reasons that you would or would not do them. You will not be graded on your environmental ethics. This exercise is for honest self assessment.