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Ch 27: Environmental Ethics Lesson Plans

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The Environmental Ethics chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about environmental law and policy making in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Environmental Ethics chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Ethics and worldviews Human values, environmental ethics, sustainability problems, Western assumptions, deep ecology worldviews, and cultural values
Tuesday Environmental law and planning Review the connections between environmental issues and environmental justice, identify regions with a disproportionate amount of environmental hazards, discuss the importance of the National Environmental Policy Act, and analyze the effectiveness of environmental impact statements
Wednesday Environmental economics Examine the relationship between natural capital and economics, outline the concept of full cost accounting, and discuss why data from the national income accounts do not correctly reflect the national economic performance
Thursday Regulatory issues Analyze how incentive-based regulatory approaches affect pollution, review statistics about the marginal cost of both pollution and pollution abatement, explore estimates for optimal amounts of pollutants, and discuss how tradable permits and environmental taxes may help with regulatory concerns
Friday The Future of the Environment Review the environmental policies and the world trade rules, and evaluate how the following issues may affect future environmental policies: energy usage, pollution, population growth, and food supply

13 Lessons in Chapter 27: Environmental Ethics Lesson Plans
Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems

1. Environmental Ethics & Human Values: Definition & Impact on Environmental Problems

Environmental ethics take into consideration the moral obligations human beings have concerning the environment. Learn how environmental ethics and human values affect our ability to understand and solve environmental problems.

Environmental Worldviews: Western & Deep Ecology

2. Environmental Worldviews: Western & Deep Ecology

Environmental worldviews are the commonly shared beliefs that give groups of people a sense how humans should interact with the environment. Learn about two contrasting environmental worldviews: western and deep ecology.

What is Environmental Justice? - Definition, Principles, Examples & Issues

3. What is Environmental Justice? - Definition, Principles, Examples & Issues

Environmental justice is a movement that grew from the recognition of a disproportionate number of environmental burdens in certain communities. It works to ensure a healthy environment for all regardless of race, nationality, income, gender or age.

Environmental Planning & Decision Making: Definition & Components

4. Environmental Planning & Decision Making: Definition & Components

Environmental planning and decision making take into consideration the needs of society and the natural environment when developing an area. Learn how environmental planning and decision making are carried out to create sustainable outcomes.

What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline

5. What is Environmental Legislation? - Laws, Regulations & Timeline

Environmental legislation is a collection of many laws and regulations aimed at protecting the environment from harmful actions. Learn about the National Environmental Policy Act and other environmental laws.

What is an Environmental Impact Statement? - Definition, Requirements & Example

6. What is an Environmental Impact Statement? - Definition, Requirements & Example

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a document that takes into consideration the environmental impact of a proposed action. Learn how an EIS is used to ensure that the goals of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) are met.

Environmental Full Cost Accounting: Definition & Example

7. Environmental Full Cost Accounting: Definition & Example

Environmental full cost accounting recognizes the economic, environmental, health and social costs of an activity. In this lesson, learn why the use of environmental full cost accounting is important during the decision-making process.

Economics, Natural Capital & the Environment

8. Economics, Natural Capital & the Environment

Natural capital is the resources and services derived from nature that are of value to people. Learn why protecting natural capital is important for sustainable growth and economic development.

National Income Accounts and The Environment: Definitions & Limitations

9. National Income Accounts and The Environment: Definitions & Limitations

National income accounts are a measurement of economic activity within a nation. However, they have limitations. Learn how national income accounts fail to take into consideration important factors such as environmental degradation.

The Economics of Pollution: Marginal Cost of Pollution & Optimum Amount of Pollution

10. The Economics of Pollution: Marginal Cost of Pollution & Optimum Amount of Pollution

There is an optimum amount of pollution where marginal benefit equals the marginal cost of pollution. Learn how marginal cost, marginal abatement cost and marginal benefit are considered when determining the optimum amount of pollution in this lesson.

Incentive-Based Regulatory Approaches: Environmental Taxes & Tradable Permits

11. Incentive-Based Regulatory Approaches: Environmental Taxes & Tradable Permits

An incentive-based regulatory approach aims to reduce environmentally-harmful pollutants by offering inducements to polluters who limit their emissions. Learn how environmental taxes and tradable permits are utilized to help protect the environment.

World Trade Rules & Environmental Policies

12. World Trade Rules & Environmental Policies

Environmental policies help the environment by managing human activities. Learn how world trade rules and environmental policies relate to each other and the impact they can have on environmental protection in this lesson.

Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution

13. Future Environmental Concerns: Population, Food Supply, Energy & Pollution

There are many issues that raise future environmental concerns. Learn how the environment may be impacted by the growing population and food and energy needs of the world, as well as growing pollution concerns as we move through the 21st century.

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