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1 Environmental Ethics Facilitated by Grand Valley State University

2 Concept Chairs Discussion A scenario and question will be presented, you will have to decide how you feel about the situation by moving chairs in the room.

3 Organic Food AgreeDisagree Only wealthy people can afford healthy, organic food.

4 Climate Science Too depressingToo controversial Eight out of 10 teachers polled by the University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science (CIRES) this year say they have faced climate-change skepticism from school administrators and parents; 47 percent voluntarily teach “both sides.”

5 Fleece Pro-FleeceAnti-Fleece Pro-Fleece: Fleece is made from old plastic bottles. Anti-Fleece: A study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology found that a single polyester garment can shed more than 1,900 fibers on its trip though the washing machine where they enter waterways and the ocean and work their way up the food chain.

6 Humans vs. Nature AgreeDisagree Earth needs humans.

7 Fast Food YesNo What we choose to eat plays a large role in determining our risk of gaining too much weight. But our choices are shaped by the complex world in which we live—by the kinds of food our parents make available at home, by how far we live from the nearest supermarket or fast food restaurant, even by the ways that governments support farmers. Is it possible to be healthy and environmentally conscious with fast food?

8 Costs AgreeDisagree In economics, an externality, or transaction spillover, is a cost or benefit that is not transmitted through prices in that it is incurred by a party who was not involved as either a buyer or seller of the goods or services causing the cost or benefit. For example, manufacturing that causes air pollution imposes costs on the whole society, while fire-proofing a home improves the fire safety of neighbors. Our economy should work so that products are priced according to their true externality. Cite some examples where this would be helpful/harmful.

9 Change AgreeDisagree It is best to change systems from the inside.

10 Discussion Groups Now, in small groups, let’s share our thoughts on the following questions…

11 Why can environmental issues become so politicized?

12 “Even though the Club is usually labeled as a liberal organization, our mission to promote the “responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources” sounds downright conservative to me. Most people, regardless of their political leanings, agree that protecting the planet is the right thing to do, even if they don’t agree always on how to do it” – Michael Brune, Executive Director, Sierra Club

13 How would you define overpopulation?

14 Maybe the real issue is overconsumption. In the U.S. alone, says Emily Matthews of the World Resources Institute, every man, woman and child is responsible for the consumption of about 25 tons of raw materials each year. Americans, while making up only five percent of the worlds population, operate one third of its automobiles. U.S. citizens consume one quarter of the worlds global energy supply.

15 Is there enough food in the world to feed all people? The United Nations projects that the global population will peak at about 10 billion in the next century and then stabilize or even decline. Can the earth feed that many people? Even if food crops increase sufficiently, other renewable resources, including many fisheries and forests, are already under pressure. Should we expect fish stocks to collapse or forests to disappear?

16 The world already produces enough cereals and oilseeds to feed 10 billion people a vegetarian diet adequate in protein and calories. If, however, the idea is to feed 10 billion people not healthful vegetarian diets but the kind of meat-laden meals that Americans eat, the production of grains and oilseeds may have to triple -- primarily to feed livestock. There is also political issues over distribution.

17 Commitment Banner Facilitated by Grand Valley State University

18 Commitment Banner Everyone take a marker and write one commitment you are going to make as an environmentalist on the banner.

19 Commitment Tiles Facilitated by Grand Valley State University

20 Commitment Tiles Everyone take a marker and a tile of construction paper and on the front, re-write your commitment or add to it and then get everyone in the room to sign the other side while getting to know people!

21 Wrap-Up Discussion Facilitated by Grand Valley State University

22 Wrap-Up Discussion Take three index cards.

23 Wrap-Up Discussion On the first index card, make a list of the top 3 things you hope to achieve 10 years from now.

24 Wrap-Up Discussion On the back of card #1, make a list of the 10 things you have to do before the end of this year.

25 Wrap-Up Discussion On the back of the first card, circle the things that directly help you achieve the things from the front of the card.

26 Wrap-Up Discussion If you circled fewer than two things, your priorities and what you’re actually doing is in dissonance.

27 Wrap-Up Discussion On card #2, create a list of things you need to do to see success in the commitment you made earlier. How can you track your success?

28 Wrap-Up Discussion On card #3, create a list of things you would like to learn more about or improve in order to see success in the commitment you made earlier.


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