Understanding the environment: Problems with the way we think
Understanding the environment: Problems with the way we think

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Understanding the environment: Problems with the way we think

1.3 Activities

In Activity 3A, you will be exploring your 'personal ecology' – the relationship between the physical places within which you practice your various social roles. The aim here is to explore how subsystems (your personal ecology) combine to have often unpredictable effects on supra-systems. Activity 3B allows you to develop your own criteria for measuring your quality of life. The challenge here is to go beyond the isolated categories and develop a dynamic quality of life model.

Activity 3C allows you to estimate your personal ecological footprint – an alternative non-economic measure of your impact on Earth which ought to become an essential component in the 'observation' phase of a systemic learning framework.


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