Write a response (not a summary) of at least 300 words to the assigned chapters of The Ecology of Commerce (Chapters 1-6). Use this opportunity to generate ideas for next formal paper. It’s okay to write a brief response on most of the chapters and concentrate on the topic you think you will be writing about. Also include a source that you found on your own that you may include in the next formal paper. It’s okay if you change your mind and don’t use it after all.
300 word response
Include a quote or a paraphrase from Hawken and cite in MLA format
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Journal: Hawken I
The urgency regarding the state of the future of this planet must be shifted and re-accessed. It can no longer be business as usual in our daily activities. If it were on the same graph as a terrorist threat level, it would be classified as “severe,” by the Department of Homeland Security. In Paul Hawken’s book, the Ecology of Commerce, the author mentions a New York Times article entitled, “The Silence of the Frogs.” In this article, 1300 participants researched and presented separate and distinct papers. Like a puzzle, when looking at all those pieces together, it was clear that frogs are not procreating at the same rate and are in fact disappearing. (qtd. in Hawken 5).
The thinning out of the frog species is only one of the things to be concerned about. Other important elements of the eco-system are also disappearing. There are less trees in the forest, less fish in the sea, less fresh drinking water and less non-renewable energy. There is also more waste in our landfills, more pollutants in our land and air and more humans who need the earth’s resources to survive.
In order for humanity to survive the crisis currently being ignored, individuals, government and above all, corporations must each do their part individually and together to respect the planet we depend on.
It is evident that it is possible to mitigate the negative effect being carried by the planet and possibly even learn to help the planet repair itself. Ray Anderson, owner of Interface, a carpet company explained that he read Hawken’s previous edition and made significant changes to the way he runs his company. ( qtd. in Hawken 69).
There is a chain of companies whose work together in the interest of the ecology is mind-blowing. There are several companies that work together, each providing a benefit to another and in return receiving a benefit. Although Kalundborg, Denmark is a small town, local, regional and global organizations should study their model and learn how they can adapt it to meet their needs (Hawken 73).
Lastly within this book, since the 1850s, the Menominee Indians demonstrate a cultural relationship with the resources they need. They are so careful in selecting the wood they cut that they have harvested 2 billion board feet and still have a healthy forest of 1.5 billion feet (Hawken 100).
In Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths, there is a lesson regarding priority inversion, where a low-priority task takes precedence, versus a priority inheritance where a high-priority task takes precedence. They tell an anecdote about a comedian who was told by a bouncer that he had to move because he was blocking a fire exit. The comedian replies, “if you’re flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit.” (Christian and Griffiths 114-115).
The populace has been living life as a priority inversion. Everything has taken precedence, from walking the dog, to getting to work, to getting dinner on the table. It is time to treat the world in a priority inheritance manner. If it is not treat as such, there will be no dog to walk, no work to be late to and no dinner to put on the table.
Christian, Brian, and Tom Griffiths. Algorithms to Live by: the Computer Science of Human Decisions.
William Collins, 2016.
Hawken, Paul. The Ecology of Commerce: a Declaration of Sustainability. Harper Business, 2010.
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