Midterm Exam Review Guide

The midterm will examine for a broad historical overview regarding the central argument, reception and impact of Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring, the issues and collectivities involved in blockades of logging at Clayoquot Sound in the 1990s and the Australian Green Bans of the 1970s.

A more detailed conceptual understanding will be required regarding the discussion in the film People of a Feather of the effects of the Quebec Hydro dams on the hydrological cycle, Ford et. al’s “vulnerability approach,” Hueting’s analysis of “three persistent myths.” Jackson’s critique of the “myth of decoupling,” Polimeni’s critique of the “myth of technological liberation” and Pietilä “triangle of human economy.” I have put asterisks in front of the core conceptual readings.  You should have a general familiarity with “the seven myths about green jobs” outlined by Morriss and the rebuttal by Pollin but detailed conceptual analysis won’t be examined for.


Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring see the website “Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, a book that changed the world” for an overview.

*People of a Feather see “Cumulative Impacts of Hydroelectric Projects on Sea Ice Ecosystems” for a good summary.


Carson, Rachel (1962 [2002]) Silent Spring, Boston: Houghton Mifflin. pp. 105-18.

*Ford, James et al. (2006) “Vulnerability to Climate Change in the Arctic: A case study from Arctic Bay, Canada”: Global Environmental Change 16, pp. 145–157.

*Hueting, Roefie. (1996) “Three persistent myths in the environmental debate.” Ecological Economics 18, pp. 81-88.

*Jackson, Tim. (2009) Prosperity without Growth, U. K. Sustainable Development Commission. pp. 48-57.

*Polimeni, John M. and Raluca Iorgulescu Polimeni  (2006) “Jevons’ Paradox and the Myth of Technological Liberation,” Ecological Complexity 3, pp. 344 – 346.

Morriss, Andrew P. et al. (2009) Seven Myths about Green Jobs. University of Illinois pp. 2-4.

Pollin, Robert (2009) “Response to ‘Seven Myths about Green Jobs.’” PERI Working Paper Series. (scan)

Hayter, Roger (2003) “‘The War in the Woods’: Post-Fordist Restructuring, Globalization, and the Contested Remapping of British Columbia’s Forest Economy.” Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 93, 3. pp. 719-720.

Stefanick, Lorna (2001) “Baby Stumpy and the War in the Woods.” BC Studies, No. 130. pp. 56-57.

Burgmann, Verity and Andrew Milner (2011) “Ecotopians in Hardhats: The Australian Green Bans Movement,” Utopian Studies, 22, 1. pp. 125-133 and 137-138.

*Pietilä, Hilkka, (1997) “The Triangle of the Human Economy: Household – Cultivation – Industrial Production,” Ecological Economics 20, pp. 113-127.

Nelson, Valerie et al. (2002) “Uncertain predictions, invisible impacts, and the need to mainstream gender in climate change adaptations,” Gender and Development, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 51-56. (see also points emphasized in PowerPoint for week six)

See also the PowerPoint seminar discussion notes posted in the weekly topics and readings