So far we have looked at the breakdown of product life cycles into phases from “cradle to grave” and beyond. We have talked a little about the global and local implications of energy and material flows and broader social issues – some of the factors working for or against sustainability. If life cycle analysis (LCA) is to be a useful tool, it must be able to assess the impact of the products of our desires as they are involved in actions and activities, not simply as products by themselves (a means to an end), and with due regard for all their significant implications. We need to understand the need that they are satisfying, and the activities and infrastructures involved.
In 1000 words, identify the major environmental and social implications of a simple specific regular action/activity, such as drinking a cup of coffee, washing clothes, or communicating with someone in another city. Suggest ways in which this everyday activity may be improved from the perspective of eco-sustainability. The task should be specific to you and reference the way in which it was undertaken by you; do not generalize.
Feel free to use tables, diagrams and charts to make your analysis clear. Your project should be typed double-spaced, and simply stapled at the top left-hand corner with a clear title naming the Activity, and no cover page.
Criteria for Marking the Project
- Clarity & logical development and explanation of the issues.
- Judgement; sense of proportion, quantitative aspects and use of data, relation to the ‘bigger picture’ for the individual and for society.
- Organization and presentation: Introduction/background/story, analysis, conclusions.
- Good Use of research resources and references.
lism “Reality as totality of conceptual truth” – Idea that total reality is an absolute mind, or the mind of god, which is an integrated and structured source of truths. “Reality as absolute mind” – reality is absolute conceptuality which reveals itself through human experiences in all aspects of life. “The real is the rational and the rational is the real” “Reality is knowable by its intelligible, rational structures” – Hegel is very against the principle that reality is unknowable, for he believes it is present for every human to attain through reason. Hegel, much like Plato, is a relativist, and a strong one at that. “Hegel is as confident a rationalist as Plato had been.” (From Socrates to Sartre, p. 209) He is a firm believer that reality, and what is real, is determinable through rational thought, something that is present in all humans. He feels that “what is real?” all depends on the person, and their personal experiences. Exert from: Philosophy, a Text with Readings – p. 178 “Let us settle ourselves , and work and wedge our feet downward through the mud and slush of opinion, and prejudice and tradition, and delusion, and appearance, that alluvion which covers the covers the globe… till we com to a hard bottom of rocks in a place which we call reality.” –James Thomson. Thomson feels that for humans to have a solid sense of reality, furthermore, what is real, they must first put behind them their differences in opinion, tradition, appearance etc. This is found to be a very good point, as it makes sense. How can we expect a world to come to terms on things such as reality, when we cannot come to terms on smaller things such as oil prices? As a race, our attitude towards each other must change, and as a people, we must take into account everyone’s perspective in a respectful manner. Globalisation, as much as it is frowned upon by some, is believed to be a possible answer. Globalisation is allowing us to become more united as a world, making it easier to reach out to one another. “1st phase of globalisation(discovery of the new worlds in 1490’s) changed the size of the world from large to medium, 2nd phase(industrial revolutions) changed it from medium to small, the 3rd phase, which is taking place now, changed it from small, to tiny.” – ***politics pape>GET ANSWER