POL 310 POL310 Week 1 DQ 1 Environmental Values Policy

POL 310 POL310 Week 1 DQ 1 Environmental Values Policy

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POL 310 Week 1 DQ 1 Environmental Values Policy

Environmental Values & Policy. 1st Post Due by Day 3. The natural world provides us with a bounty of resources. Our food, drinking water, clean air, and all of the products we consume and use each day primarily come from natural resources supplied by nature. All of our natural resources have value but the values we place on these resources differ in both how we quantify and qualify these resources. Below is a list of natural resources, select one resource to discuss:

  • Clean air 
  • Earth’s climate 
  • Oceans 
  • Wilderness areas
  • Endangered species 
  • Clean drinking water 

Old growth forests

Review Figure 1.1 in Chapter 1 of Environmental Policies. Identify the different environmental values associated with the natural resource you chose. Then, identify one policy tension between the resource that you choose and a threat to that resource. For example, clean air is threatened by practices that pollute the air (e.g., industries that do not use “green” technology when emitting pollution, automobiles, large-scale confined feeding animal operations, etc.) and wilderness areas are threatened by gas and oil interests.

Also, discuss the ways that different worldviews (e.g., biocentricism, anthropocentrism) influence the policy tensions surrounding the resource. Finally, discuss which policymaker (i.e., city, state, federal, business, interest group, public) would most effectively protect the natural resource you examined from current threats and why.

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Do you agree with your classmates’ assessments regarding which policymaker would most effectively protect the natural resource you examined from current threats? Why or why not? 


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