ERIC Number: ED255432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Difficult Choices about Environmental Protection. 1984 National Issues Forum.
Melville, Keith, Ed.
Appropriate for secondary school social studies, this booklet considers the dilemmas and choices confronting Americans concerned with their environment. The document contains five sections. The first section, "The Gross National By-Product," discusses the progress that has been made in reducing air and water pollution while the nation has only begun to confront the environmental problems caused by other, more insidious forms of pollution. "Acceptable Risks, Unacceptable Hazards," covers the difficulties posed by deciding how much risk is acceptable. "Assigning Responsibility for a Legacy of Neglect" deals with the choices that need to be made about who should bear costs for the cleanup of abandoned dump sites like Love Canal. "Deciding What to Do about the Wastes We Produce Today" discusses the lack of consensus about waste disposal. "Defining an Environmental Ethic," covers the need to establish the trade-offs and priorities necessary to ensure sometimes conflicting goals, such as a healthy economy and environmental protection. Two self-administered questionnaires intended for completion before and after participating in a public forum or reading the booklet are included as well as a list of recommended readings. (IS)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Citizen Participation, Decision Making, Environmental Standards, Hazardous Materials, Physical Environment, Policy Formation, Pollution, Public Policy, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Values, Waste Disposal
Order Dept., Domestic Policy Association, 5335 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, OH 45429 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Students
Sponsor: Domestic Policy Association, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.
Note: For other National Issues Forum publications, see ED 238 563 and SO 016 315-319.