Central Question: What are the different levels of American government and what role can they have in protecting the environment?
Guiding Thought Question: When dealing with protecting natural spaces is it more beneficial to leave that to local government bodies or to the Federal Government in Washington D.C.? Explain your reasoning and provide an example to support.
Today's Learning Objective: Students will learn about the different divisions of government and how power in the United States is divided between local, state, and federal offices. Students will discuss merits of the system, and then examine how powers are divided related to land protections in the United States.
1. Which of O'Hara's arguments for the preservation of the environment do you most self-identify with? Explain how he sees it, and how that applies to you? Explain which of O'Hara's arguments against action that he identifies do you see as the biggest obstacle to overcome to achieve actual change?
2. To what extent is Climate Change a governmental problem? How can it possibly connect to a wider societal issue of Nature Deficit Disorder? Read the Metz article and make a suggestion on how to address the issue.
Honors: What steps has the United States take at the International, national, and state level to address climate issues? Using information from the Grossman article identify the area (International, national, or state) where you believe the United States is most lacking, explain the reasoning for it, and then steps that can be taken to remedy the shortcomings.
Guiding Thought Question: In American Politics, special interests groups are able to raise money to support political candidates who share their beliefs and values. What do you think about the process of large groups and corporations being able to directly aid politicians? Explain your ideas.
Today's Learning Objective: Students will be able to explain what interest groups are, and how they use lobbyists to achieve their political goals.
Guiding Thought Question: What is something that you can do on your own to address global climate change? What is the most effective way to address it as individuals?
Today's Learning Objective: Students will learn the different methods that individuals have taken to address scientific issues. Students will watch videos associated with methods that individuals took, and answer a series of questions about them.
Belden, Roy S., Clean Air Act, American Bar Association: Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2001 (Pgs. 5-21)
Question 1 (Florida Environmental Justice): What is the value of programs, like the Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, in addressing environmental and social issues? What is the connection between environmental degradation and social equality, explain using examples from the article, and an outside example.
Question 2 (Environmental Legislation): Russell Train, former administrator of the Environmentall Protection Agency (EPA) wrote in 1973 that, "the average is citizen... beginning to recognize that there were difficult choices to be made,that some cherished patterns of behavior may have to be modified."
- What does he mean by both statements? (difficult choices, and behavioral changes) Use examples from the article for each statement, and make a connection to present debates going on about the environment.
Honors Question (San Francisco Bay): Walk through the process the BCDC legislation went through in order to get passed. What were some of the particular challenges it faced at each step? In your opinion, and using examples from the article, is the process of forming new legislation too complicated or is it proper in order to determine appropriate input?
Environmental Policy Class Forum
Welcome to the Forum! Here is where you will be answering your daily warm-up questions. Please do not enter your last name for privacy reasons, and you may use a nickname if you would like (Just make sure Mr. Tredinnick is aware of the nickname you are using). Write out thoughtful responses to the forums on the days they are assigned. If you miss a day please take it upon yourself to complete the Forum you missed. Each Forum has the targeted Learning Objective(s) there so you can see what the focus of the day's class will be.