Read the assigned text
chapter first and then read the founding documents as linked above. Be prepared to be
examined on session 10 on any or all of the environmental terms
or concepts found in chapter 2 or in the section below.
For your homework for this class session, answer the following
questions from the text:
Briefly describe the three analytical frameworks discussed in the
Now describe how the analytic framework presented in Chapter 1 of
Nested Ecology differs from the three analytical frameworks
presented in Chapter 2 of Environmental Policy and Law.
Please discuss the various ways in which markets can fail.
Describe the various forms of bias that can cloud environmental
policy and law.
Thereafter answer the
following questions from the online Founding Documents:
From where do citizenship and constitutional rights emanate.
To what degree are "nature's" rights reflected in the founding
documents. Explain the rationale behind your answer.
Read the article "Introducing
the Constitution to Congress," and discuss whether the U.S.
Congress and the President have any authority to legally regulate
Some argue that the constitution is not "green
enough" and should be
amended to insure that every citizen has a right to a clean and
healthy environment. Would you favor such an amendment or
oppose it? Explain your rationale.
Currently do you believe the U.S. Constitution is a "living
document" that must be reinterpreted in terms of new knowledge,
values and from the perspective of other nation's laws and
constitutions or do you believe it is a set of foundational
principles that must be adhered to in their current format? Consider
the position of the blogger who goes by the pseudonym
Joe Btfspik in
Our Constitution: Living Document or Original Intent"
and tell me which of these two positions you favor and why
To what portions of the Constitution do lawmakers look to provide
authority for environmental legislation and policies? Explain the
rationale used to apply these sections of the constitution to