Analysis Paper

This paper calls for a careful analysis that does not advance an argument from the authors perspective. Grading criteria: a) accurate analysis of all relevant texts (20pts); b) effectiveness in applying the notion of sustainability to the issues cited (10pts); c) ability to synthesize material into coherent whole (10pts).

Write a 6-PAGE essay in response to one of the following prompts:

1. The Brundtland Report defines sustainability in terms of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (Our Common Future). Relate this definition of sustainability to the following environmental approaches explored in class: deep ecology, indigenous perspectives, and ecofeminism.

Relevant texts (all must be cited directly at least twice):
A) Companion, Deep Ecology, Indigenous Perspectives, Ecofeminism, Sustainability
B) Brundtland Report, Chapter 2.

2. Paul Thompson notes: Advocates of strong sustainability believe that future generations have a right to the same amount of natural capital as present generations, and that protecting this right places a prior constraint on preference maximization by present generations (Agricultural Sustainability, p. 13). Explain, in your own works, the strong versus weak sustainability distinction. How does McKibbens account of food localism (Deep Economy, pp. 46-94) relate to the different versions of sustainability?

Use the following readings please: