Question 1.1. A “biosensitive”

society would not: (Points : 4)

hold that the principle of “evermorism” is simply not possible in a finite world.

honor the “Goldilocks Principle.

replace limitless growth with “Sufficiency”.

support the never ending pursuit of ever higher levels of consumption.

replace open ended hedonism with contentment.


Question 2.2. According to the authors of your textbook: (Points : 4)

it is only when individuals can satisfy their reasonable desires in an ethical manner that they can be said to be “living well.”

“living well” is not possible within a “Business as Usual” society

“living well” in the Anthropocene is only possible within a society that has shifted to a Paradigm of Biosensitivity.

all of the above are true.


Question 3.3. The worldviews, knowledge, beliefs, assumptions and priorities of the Paradigm of Biosensitivity would be geared towards regularly and reliably achieving the key goals of human health and well-being for all, while enhancing ecosystem health. (Points : 4)




Question 4.4. According to your textbook, people can still “live well” when they desire things that are impossible to reconcile with the unethical consequences of consuming them. (Points : 4)




Question 5.5. Human ecology concerns itself with answering two questions: “What makes life possible?”, and “What makes life worthwhile?” Whether approached through sociology or environmental science, eventually the same answer is reached: What’s good for the Earth is also good for human health and happiness. (Points : 4)




Question 6.6. Discuss the problems of industrial commodification of food systems and the solutions to those problems. Explain how engaged ecological citizens, who are prepared to demand local sustainable food systems, could extend relevant ethical principles and standards to distant lands and remote land managers and have expectations that the systems of production that supply them are also just and sustainable.

(Points : 20)


Question 7.7. Compare and Contrast the “Respect Nature”, “Ownership and Control of Environments”, and “Landscapes in the Service of Remote Consumers” paradigms. In your response, be certain to include:

The effects on the environment of each paradigm.

The social justice and human equity implications of each paradigm.

From a Human-Ecological perspective, what are the good and bad points of each paradigm? (Points : 20)


Question 8.8. Explain why the belief in the possibility of unlimited growth must give way to a new paradigm, if we are to live well in the Anthropocene. Include an explanation of why programs to bring the poor up to the levels of profligacy enjoyed by the rich are impossible. (Points : 20)


Question 9.9. Discuss the need for modern society to shift to a paradigm of Sufficiency, within which just

and sustainable wellbeing for all of creation becomes the norm. How can this be achieved on an Earth That Is Full? Include consideration of both ecological, and social and environmental justice and human equity issues. (Points : 20


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