Guiding Thought Question: What can states do, beyond the national government, to protect the natural environment?
Today's Learning Objective: Students will examine the role of state and local governments in the formulation of policy, and the more direct impact that smaller scale government can have on them. Students will take notes on the smaller forms of government, and then complete an assignment that examines the environmental actions of states across the country.
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?
Thought Question: Should it be the government's responsibility to pass laws protecting the environment, or should companies be in charge of regulating themselves? What are the advantages and disadvantages of letting corporations handle their own regulations?
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.