Generate a Summary to go with each environmental case study, this is used to generate a summary for a local state of the environment report.
Answering the following questions and generate your LSOE report.
1. What is happening in the environment (i.e., how are environmental conditions and trends changing)?
2. Why is it happening (i.e., how are human activities and other stresses linked to the issue in question)?
3. Why is it significant (i.e., what are its ecological and socioeconomic effects)?
4. What is being done about it (i.e., how is society responding to the issues)?
5. Is this sustainable (i.e., are human actions threatening environmental capital and causing deterioration of ecosystem health)?
* What are current problems related to in the world? Please identify at least two. * What has caused these problems to exist in your part of the the world? Please identify at least two causes for each problem. * What has the United Nations done in attempting to resolve those problems? * What is the position of your Country on those problems? * What is the possible position of other countries in your committee on those problems? Consider at least two other countries. * How should we the ESAI make a proposition to the United Nations to resolve those problems? Making sure that your solution(s) is/are consistent with your country’s position
State and define your public policy question (a public concern)
* Is it a real issue, with genuine controversy and uncertainty? * Can you distinctly identify two positions? * Are you personally interested in advocating one of these positions? * Is the issue narrow enough to be manageable? * Analysing an Issue and Developing an Argument
Provide an overview of the most current scientific understanding of the issue in question;
* Who is your audience? * What do they believe? * Where do they stand on the issue? * How are their interests involved? * What evidence is likely to be effective with them? * In determining your viewpoint, ask yourself the following: * Is your topic interesting? * Can you manage the material within the specifications set by the instructor? * Does your topic assert something specific and propose a plan of action? * Do you have enough material to support your opinion?
Each LSOE report should:
be written in a manner that non-specialists can understand; include a concise executive summary or highlights section; make reference to appropriate monitoring programs that are potential sources of ecological data.