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.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/09/30/world/puffins-maine-kress-c2e-scn-spc-intl/index.html

 

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

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/01/world/knepp-farm-rewilding-scn-cte-spc/index.html

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cug0KcTnXI

 

Gandhi: Environmentalism and Gandhi.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/mahatma-gandhi-an-environmentalist-by-nature/article29566196.ece

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #35

11 October 2020

 

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

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/10/tasmanian-devils-return-to-mainland-australia/

 

Climate: September 2020 was the warmest on record.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/07/world/september-temperature-record-copernicus-climate-scli-intl/index.html

 

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.

http://ecouniv.in/part-3-two-courses-for-second-year-college

 

EcoUniv Weekend Reads #36

18 October 2020

 

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

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/10/14/energy/solar-energy-perovskites-spc-intl/index.html

 

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt_XU4W4DBA

 

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.

http://ecouniv.in/painting-the-college-green-an-environmental-education-framework-for-college-part-4-two-courses-for-third-year-college/

 

 

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?

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/14/esg-investing-meaning-is-under-the-microscope-as-the-money-rolls-in.html

 

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.

https://aeon.co/ideas/why-amartya-sen-remains-the-centurys-great-critic-of-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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bqMY82xzWo