This paper gives short answers to a set of questions that ensure the reader has understood what he has read. These are the questions for this module: Question one: Briefly describe why native cosmologies might be significant for decision-making about the environment? Question two: How do you think a historical materialist would talk about carboniferous capitalism? The questions have been answered by making sure one is quite sure of what is passed on the paper.
1. Briefly describe why native cosmologies might be significant for decision-making about the environment?
History is ever significant since it presents past approaches used in dealing with specific problems faced by humanity. Today the issue of environmental degradation has been widely discussed by man as the climatic conditions and patterns continue to change for the worse. There is the need for appropriate decisions on our environment. For instance, a reference to the native cosmologies might be significant in coming up with decisions for posterity purposes (Dalby 96). These native cosmologies strongly believed the universe and environment to be the major source of revelation, sustenance and posterity. This saw the natives engaging in practices aimed at conserving the world. Native cosmologies saw an intelligent interaction with the environment hence conserving it. Modern man should thus emulate from this whenever making environment conservation decisions. The need to conserve our environment should be something inevitable and the reason all measures have to be adopted adequately. These old ideas used by native cosmologies are hence significant towards this dream.
2 .How do you think a historical materialist would talk about carboniferous capitalism?sure one can make sense of what you’re saying.
Carboniferous capitalism is an interaction with our environment while ignoring the consequences that come as a result (Dalby 64). This is led by the economically-motivated move of using carbon and fossil fuels to a capital economy which sidelines the marginalized and the poor. However, I do think that a historical materialist will definitely see this as the right move or approach through which human existence can be fulfilled. While we are greatly concerned with environmental abuse and degradation, a materialist of history will not think from this viewpoint, but will be optimistic to make a better living for himself and achieve economic supremacy (Dalby 65). He will do this without qualms of thought or conscience concerning the environment. As a world, we have to come out of this viewpoint and engage all means possible towards making the world safer through environmental conservation while thinking of human posterity.
Dalby, Simon. Security and Environmental Change. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2009.