Hi guys, here is your newest assignment.
We all know that environmental science is related to everyone. Human’s activities bring up so many problems like the water pollution, and the soil contaminants to the natural environment. And all of them cause the environment issues like the global warming, the greenhouse gas and so on.
The purpose of this assignment is to help you become better able to understand the environmental science and better the earth’s environment. So in this assignment, I want you guys to do some researches about the issues below, write down your thinking and analyzes. And at the end of this class, we will have a debate based the reports you did before, the question you will address is: “should nuclear energy be promoted on a fast-track in order to reduce the emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere?”
- Do some researches by yourself at home.
In this section, you will individually analyze your consumption and life activity patterns to calculate your ecological footprint using an internet-based ecological footprint calculator.
Go to http://www.earthday.org/take-action/footprint-calculator/ to get your ecological footprint and get your individual carbon footprint (to answer all questions on the website might spent you hale an hour).
- Discuss with your classmates during class
Share your individual carbon footprints with your classmate and see what they got. Think about what did you learn about your ecological footprint and that of the average American? What about the average your group members? What can you do to reduce your ecological and carbon footprint?
Write a brief conclusion about them.
- Watch a debate video on TED
We have known for decades that increasing atmospheric CO2 can to lead to global warming, but we have not reduces the rate of growth in CO2 emissions. In fact, CO2 emissions have increased year-by-year. Scientists are looking for some better resources that can replace the fossil fuel, and nuclear energy is one of their choices.
After this part, write down what was your opinion before you watched this video? What is your current opinion?
- I want you guys have a debate at the end of this class, and you should
develop your own points of view and participate in the debate. Remember the topic is, “should nuclear energy be promoted on a fast-track in order to reduce the emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere?”
The debate is going on revolves around two issues. First, nuclear power releases very little CO2 and could be used to replace much of our fossil fuel use. The second issue is that nuclear power holds real dangers.
(Notes, there are some other points to bring into the debate, but overall, society needs to evaluate the relative dangers, the risk, of these two issues. And you might find out some reading materials related to this topic on e-Reserve in the QC library. You are encouraged to do additional research on this section.)
As a conclusion, summarize this whole assignment by giving your own opinion. What fact or information did you find most important in developing your opinion? Which sources of information were most influential to you?