Part 1 – Ecosystems and PolicyVIDEO SOURCE: https://www.ted.com/talks/gordon_brown_global_ethic_vs_national_interest?language=enWatch the following TED video of Gordon Brown, the UK Prime Minister from 2007-2010, talking on global ethic vs. national interest and answer the following questions. As with the last assignment (and all assignments really), be concise, a few sentences or paragraph for each question will suffice, keep in mind some of these questions ask for your opinion, so quality over quantity – always.Do you agree that global citizenship will not only become a reality (if it hasn’t already)? And do you think this idea will be able to confront the global problems today and in the future?National Isolationism vs. Global Cooperation – With regard to environmental/climate issues, can you think of any pros and cons for being isolated versus cooperation?Do you agree/disagree that current systems to deal with global problems are out of date and need to be reconsidered or rebuilt?Does a threat to the environment/climate fall under Brown’s idea of “a responsibility to protect…the international community” – why/why not?Do we have a duty to help other countries fight climate change?This talk was given in 2009 – The world is different in 2022, do you think what his talking points are still relevant, valid, and/or attainable?Part 2 – Policy and EcosystemsVIDEO SOURCE: https://www.ted.com/talks/johan_rockstrom_let_the_environment_guide_our_developmentWatch the following TED video on the overlap of resource use, human growth, and environmental policy. The speaker is Johan Rockström, the director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a professor of environmental science at Stockholm University. He is an internationally recognized scientist for his work on global sustainability issues. As with the last assignment (and all assignments really), be concise, a few sentences or paragraphs for each question will suffice, keep in mind some of these questions ask for your opinion, so quality over quantity – always.Do you think we are living in a time where there is a necessity for change/innovation or can we continue on with ‘business as usual’?What are the quadruple squeeze pressures on the Earth? And do you think any of these outweigh the others – why?Is it possible for sustainable development to change the course of the current trends being observed in different Earth systems?Can local adaptations be expanded to a global scale?What was Rockstrom’s overall point or goal of this talk?
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