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Transcript of Global Warming
Global Warming Definition
Definition: An increase in the earth's temperature due to the greenhouse effect
Green house effect: the build up of carbon dioxide in the earth's atmosphere that allows light to enter but inhibits the release of heat
Climate Scientist concluded that it is real!!
Important individual: Karl Marx
Class Conflict: Industrialized vs Industrializing
The most industrialized nations want to maintain dominance and increase wealth through economic growth
Industrializing nations want to join in by striving for even faster growth
economic production causes major pollution
Both sides are destroying the environment very quickly
Why there is a conflict between Democrats and Republicans: Denial
Important individual: Ron Kramer - sociologist at Western Michigain University
Republican presidential candidates reject evidence that humans are responsible for the warming of the earth
3 types of denial:
Literal - " the assertion that something did not happen or is not true"
Interpretive - "people recognize that something is happening but it is good for us"
Implicatory- “knowledge itself is not an issue. The genuine challenge is doing the ‘right’ thing with this knowledge.”
Through literal and interpretive denial, climate change deniers declare that the earth is not warming even though 98 percent of our scientists have concluding that climate change is real and caused by human activity
Discovery of Global Warming
Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927) was a Swedish scientist that was the first to claim in 1896 that fossil fuel combustion may eventually result in enhanced global warming
He discovered that the average surface of the earth is 15 degrees C
Arrhenius suggested a doubling of the CO2 concentration would lead to a 5 degrees C temperature rise.
Both calculated that human activity adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, warming the earth
The US is responsible for 80% of the total amount of fossil fuel consumed every year
The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen 34% since the 17th century
The level of carbon dioxide in the 20th century has been the highest in 650,000 years
People dump carbon dioxide into the environment at 1000 tons per second
More than 1 million species have become extinct due to global warming
The US is the top global warming polluter in the world
By 2050, 15 to 37% of our plant and animal species could be wiped out.
Democrats believe this is a serious issue and we need to take action now
President Obama is trying to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Recently, the democrats held an all night "talk-a-thon" on climate change on the Senate floor, trying to get a climate change bill passed
Democratic senators are planning to put pressure on the major TV networks to raise their focus on climate change as they press for more controls over greenhouse gas emissions.
Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Important individual: George Herbert Mead
Symbolic interaction theory analyzes society by addressing the subjective meanings that people impose on objects, events, and behaviors
He said that people behave based on what they believe and not just on what is objectively true
Therefore, society is thought to be socially constructed through human interpretation
Many people believe they will not be effected by global warming, nor will others until the very far away future
So, they don't believe that any actions need to be taken yet, or at all.
While others believe the opposite, and want to take action immediately
Symbols for Global Warming
There are many pictures or "symbols" that depict global warming as well
The Correct Perspective
Both perspectives are correct in our opinion, but the conflict theory is the better choice
There is more information in regards to global warming and the conflict theory
And it is clearly shown by the relationship between Republicans and Democrats on this issue and so on
1.The Green house effect is the build up of _________ in the earth's atmosphere that allows light to enter but inhibits the release of heat
2. Over all who is the top polluter in the world?
3. Republicans believe global warming is a serious issue and we need to take action now. T or F?
4. Out of the four following important individuals which one stated that human activity adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, warming the earth
A.George Herbert Mead
B. Svante Arrhenius
D. Karl Marx
5. Climate scientists concluded that global warming is real. T or F?
1. Carbon Dioxide