Intro to metropolitan nature LA

  1. The quote I am choosing is in the first paragraph. “In other words, history matters. It matters a great deal. Looking back, timelines of environmental stability and change must be carefully constructed and scrutinized to fashion appropriately sophisticated practices and policies supportive of sustainability. Looking ahead, the concepts moral and ethical principles also asserted that what we do today matters for those who follow.” After breaking down this quote, I understand it to mean that the author is trying to tell us or were not even that history does in fact repeat itself. We as people should learn from that history to not duplicate  similar mistakes. Furthermore if we in the present time are not aware of whatever damage we might be doing, it will greatly impact the future of the world. In a nutshell the whole introduction to me was focusing on the importance of the environment and how we as a people are changing the environment with our pollution and factories and toxic fumes and waste that we give up into the atmosphere. The ecosystem has in fact changed so drastically and we don’t even notice it. For example California’s drought and suddenly El Nino. Back then people would actually document the rain and would be not only extremely devastated but deeply affected by the amount of rainfall that was received, and now a days people don’t seem to care at all until it directly affects them: i.e. having to conserve water due to the drought. The author infers that we need to find some sort of balance between what we put into the world so that we can get benefits out of it. And if we do not change our ways it could mean the worst for the world that we live in.
  2. How can we come up with a balance to help sustain the environment?
  3. Is the government in fact making matters worse by adding more industrial business and then trying to “cover it up”( telling us we need to conserve water) or is the government helping us?