ESSAY ON ENVIRONMENTALISM
Describe the purpose of this essay, as well as your thesis. What does the Bible reveal about the way humans have viewed nature? What does Marx suggest about the consequences of the prevailing ideology toward nature?
Analysis of Evidence
What alternative ways of thinking about nature? Here, discuss Leopold and even perhaps Spinoza.
How does Easter Island serve as an analogical example of our future? (Diamond) Also discuss Khmer and Mayan civilizations as further evidence. How do these ancient civilizations exemplify the modern ideology?
How do the documentaries exemplify the prevailing ideology in the industrialized (and industrializing) nations?
How do the documentaries bear out Diamond’s prediction?
Reflect on why ideological change is necessary in making the environmentalist movement effective.
* Ideology is typically defined as a set or a system of ideas and beliefs that are used, consciously or unconsciously, to construct the world we live in. For instance, multiculturalism is contemporary culture’s dominant cultural ideology that actively shapes the world we live in. BUT, when ideology becomes so thoroughly ingrained in the minds of people so that they are no longer conscious of it, it fails to evolve and become the root of “false consciousness.” For instance, social inequality among the races was an idea that everyone accepted as true and natural, even Abraham Lincoln.