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Themes and implicationsWhat are the main themes of Collapse and what does Jared Diamond...

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fredlaurieadams | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 11, 2011 at 4:26 AM via web

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Themes and implications

What are the main themes of Collapse and what does Jared Diamond suggest are the overall implications of those themes for world history?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 11, 2011 at 5:06 AM (Answer #2)

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I would say that the main theme of this book is that damage to the environment can help cause socities to collapse but that such damage cannot be the only cause.  Diamond argues that environmental damage is often present in socities that collapse.  However, what is more important is how they respond to the environmental crises that arise.  The implication for this is that we need to respond to our current ecological problems in constructive ways.  We cannot be like the Norse on Greenland who keep trying to live in unsustainable ways.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 21, 2011 at 7:28 PM (Answer #3)

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Definitely the central implication for us today is to pay attention to what we are doing to the environment and to respond accordingly, making sure that we learn from history rather than dwell ignorance and repeat the mistakes of past civilisations that have collapsed through the environment.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 7, 2012 at 7:28 AM (Answer #4)

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I think the main theme is that there are consequences to our actions as a society. If we do not pay attention to issues of environment and the development of our society, we are likely to cause our own destruction. Sometimes ignorance is not bliss.

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