ERIC Number: ED082982
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Environmental Issues: A Courtroom Simulation.
A variety of methods can be used to resolve environmental controversies, such as passing new laws, enforcing existing laws, conducting public education programs, and creating new governmental management agenceis. In many instances the courts become the site for environmental decision-making. The purpose of this activity is to help acquaint students with laws, lawsuits, and courtroom activity and their relationship to the solution of environmental questions. The students need to understand that the activity is a simulation--an abstraction of a real-world event. The procedures are basically the same as an actual court case but time periods, expertise required, formalities, etc., have been modified. The simulation is described in terms of a two-week period although the teacher may adjust the timing to suit classroom needs. General directions for the simulation, which concerns itself with a local resource controversy and its solution, are given together with specific directions for the various groups: advocate (plaintiffs and defendents), jury, community interest, media, and legal alternatives. The research and activities culminate with a simulated trial. Appended material includes fact sheets, sections from public laws, and suggested defenses. (BL)
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Authoring Institution: Bureau of Land Management (Dept. of Interior), Washington, DC.