Watch the documentary to answer following questions:
1.How does this documentary make you feel about climate change? Does it make you more or less likely to believe that action needs to be taken to deal with climate change?
2. How would you try and alter the views of someone who is skeptical about the reality of climate change? Do documentaries like this help? Would you appeal to their wallets, their emotions, their culture?
3. In dealing with climate change, what should we try and emphasize: the need to maintain a sustainable economy, a sustainable environment or a sustainable society?
4. Read “Green New Deal”. Do you think this provides a pathway towards dealing with climate change? Do you think it is a desirable direction to take? Try and give reasons for your answer
Pick ONE environmental law or regulation, explain its history, purpose and goals in detail, and evaluate its successes and failures since enactment. Use subsequent court and legislative events, as well as information from the internet and/or printed literature, to help in your evaluation. Most students pick the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), but there are a lot more laws and regulations out there…..pick something interesting and applicable to your life. We have covered lots of different possibilities this session, so do not limit yourself to the most well known acts.
You are required to use specific facts, cases, and multiple citations (I suggest 5-10 or more scholarly sources) in order to support your essay. You are required to integrate course materials and concepts as well. Show me what you know and what you have learned.
Identify a problem, issue, or research question with a scientific and/or environmental angle that interests you. I would like this to be local or regional. If you pick a larger-scale topic, please find a pertinent local tie-in or personal connection to make it as relevant as possible. This topic does not need to be specific to the Hudson Valley or New York State. In thinking about your ideas, it may be helpful to think of your topic in terms of a question that needs answering. A well-thought question can be an essential aid in writing a paper.
Beware of trying to save the world! Focus on something specific. Rather than researching air pollution in general, focus on the debate about local asthma rates or indoor office air quality. Instead of discussing the general issue of endangered species, focus on one particular species, or on how the Endangered Species Act may affect your local area. Rather than talk about the history of farming, ask how the change in land use in your county has affected people and jobs over the last 200 years.
You’ll need to research some good background information, about both the present day issue as well as the history that led up to that issue. For example, if you look at urban sprawl in Orange County, look at both today’s challenges and what led up to this situation. Come up with recommendations or a solution to the problem at hand.
“Spotlight” on solutions: I also want you to seek out an organization or individual that is involved in your issue. This may be a local non-profit, town planning board, state agency, or even an individual citizen. Please briefly describe how this organization or person became involved in this issue, what their successes have been, and what their challenges have been. If you have the chance to talk with someone from this organization, that would be great, but not mandatory. As an example of a “spotlight”, if the topic of my paper was wetlands preservation, I might speak with a local planning board about their process of dealing with development in wetlands, or I might gather specific information from the town’s website. As another example, if my paper is on the growth of renewable energy sources in my region, I might speak with a local company trying encourage investment in alternative technologies, or research that company’s efforts through websites and articles. The point here is to have you both create a “traditional” research paper on an issue, as well as take a deeper look at a specific and often more local aspect to that issue.
Brief Presentation: I’d like you to create a multi-media presentation about your topic, such as a brief powerpoint (6-8 slides). This should summarize the main points of your paper, but cannot capture every detail. Keep in mind that a good presentation blends pertinent but limited text with clear useful graphics. Creatively presenting your topic and content is highly encouraged!
References: The research project should include at least 5 references and sources. This may include scientific technical documents as well as grandma’s stories of “how things used to be.” You may use any system of referencing and bibliographies you prefer, as long as you are clear and consistent. Make sure that website references are fully cited, not just listed as a URL.
The interaction between humans and the environment is not a purely scientific matter. Questions of politics, economics, ethics, religion, and culture also come into play. Recognizing this, your capstone project will be a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the environment. Choose a topic that is important to you. Develop a research question, design, and analysis.
Abstract (~250 words)
Introduction (includes a thesis statement)
Literature review (not too big but maybe 8-10 sources – this can some form your annotated bibliography so it should already be done. You just need to organize it.)
Discussion (interpret your research, make arguments, claims, and critical thinking about the topic)
Use the links to answer the questions
1-Why must we emotionally connect to information before we could make changes for a sustainable future? Use BPA as an example, explain why there is no alternative to a bad behavior.
2-Which of the worldviews would most likely lead to a sustainable future and explain. [https://www.slideshare.net/jett0423/environmental-worldview-short]
3-List 5 changes in personal choices that would help build a sustainable future. For each of these choices, give an explanation as to how it contributes to a sustainable world. [https://www.biologicaldiversity.org/programs/population_and_sustainability/sustainability/live_more_sustainably.html]
4-Use the electric dishwasher as example, explain why we must think for ourselves and ask questions.
• A graduation speech to my classmates on call of action on environmental issues
-Use your writing to move your readers to a more just, equitable, and mutually thriving environmental position
-Call for a transformation in action, call for a change in belief, call for a different kind of recognition? Some of each? What’s your course of writing?
-In the document “directions” there is all the info for the speech
-Written in first person