Paper , Order, or Assignment Requirements
Watch the following Ted Talks given by Johan Rockstrom and James Hansen and answer the corresponding questions.
1. Johan Rockstrom: https://www.ted.com/talks/johan_rockstrom_let_the_environment_guide_our_development
• What does Johan Rockstrom mean when he argues that we should “let the environment guide our development”? Be sure to incorporate answers to the following questions in your memo:
o Who is Johan Rockstrom?
o Why is the Holocene important in the history of human development?
o What is the “quadruple squeeze”?
o What is the Anthropocene?
o What’s the difference between linear and non-linear systems?
o What are our planetary boundaries? Why are they important?
2. James Hansen: https://www.ted.com/talks/james_hansen_why_i_must_speak_out_about_climate_change
• Why did James Hansen decide he needed to speak out about climate change? Be sure to incorporate answers to the following questions in your memo:
o What is the energy imbalance and why is it important?
o How much excess energy is Earth absorbing?
o What are amplifying feedbacks?
o Are there good options for a safe ecological future? If so, what are they?