A role for science is to help policymakers make informed decisions about the environment, and that begins in middle school with science curriculum.
There are many ways to teach kids science, but in middle school you need to take a basic approach to introduce them to the field. From there, you can expand their knowledge as they progress through high school and beyond.
One way to introduce kids to the scientific process is through project-based learning. Together, kids create a hypothesis they believe will work, collect evidence to support that belief, and then gather feedback from others before making a decision about its reality.
Project-based learning also allows for different levels of expertise. If a student is not very good at collecting evidence or math But when working in a group environment, they can make some very solid conclusions.
The importance of environmental science
Many people think science is for things like academia or for people with a scientific background. However, with the increasing influence of science in society and in policy, we should take a moment to review its importance.
For one, it plays an essential role in developing and implementing policy. Policy is shaped by both science and science-based policy, making it important that policy is developed using sound science.
Furthermore, the way that policy is developed has a big impact on how it impacts the environment. For example, increased funding for political parties is more likely to result in less sound environmental policy being made.
So, why do this? Why not rely only on scientists for our policies? Well, scientists can be subjective when it comes to what they consider sound evidence and appropriate legislation.
Understanding the impact humans have on the environment
There are five main types of pollution: natural, man-made, environmental, health, and catastrophe. All of these categories have an impact on people’s health and the environment in which they live, work, and working infrastructure is used.
Understanding the different types of pollution can help policymakers recognize what effect each type has on specific parts of the community. For example, oil and gas companies place pressure on state legislatures to have special privileges when it comes to drilling.
Because of this, many states have laws that protect water sources from being polluted by oil and gas operations. Or when these companies damage the environment by producing too much waste, there is a compensation fund to help with recovery.
This recognition of the role science plays in making policy is important for scientists to understand.
Recognizing various types of pollution
One of the most important things for environmental policy makers to recognize is the difference between pollution and contaminants.
Coal-burning electricity plants and oil and gas wells are generally considered pollution, while natural gas storage sites, agricultural uses, commercial uses, and residential uses are considered contaminants.
If you look at a water source, you can find natural water molecules that have been altered in some way by human activity. At a water treatment facility, the chemicals used to purify water have been added as constituents.
If you drive an SUV, you are carrying an added weight of fuel due to higher gas prices. If you live in a hot climate, don’t underestimate the importance of air conditioning, or if you just like seeing your water looks nice when it “frees up”, then pollution is something you should take notice of.
Recognizing various types of wildlife
There are many types of wildlife, and knowing which ones you are can be important for protecting them. For example, understanding which wild animals live in your area and how many there are can help tell which species need to be protected.
As described in bullet point above, wildlife protection is important for those who see it every day, but also for those who do not. Anyone can go out and kill a wildlife individual they see, regardless of any protection programs they may have.
Additionally, as we discussed earlier, certain species of wildlife are harmful to our environment, and those individuals need to be protected. Knowing this can help make more environmental policy that focuses on protecting individual wildlife instead of areas or lands.
Understanding climate change
the term “global warming” is increasingly used in scientific and technical contexts. This is wise, considering how rapidly it is being discussed as a serious threat.
There are many ways that global warming impacts us as individuals and as a society. Widespread heat waves and cold spells are one way that the world changes, such as during the past several decades when there was a more frequent chance for heavy snowfall.
Another way that global change affects us is through extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods. When these events are very severe, they can threaten our safety both domestically and internationally.
As we explain in this article, heat waves increase risk of cancer, health care costs grow every year they go up, and there is little we can do about them except understand them for what they are.
Combating environmental degradation and pollution through legislation and regulation
While the term environmental policy does not exist in everyday use, there are a number of topics that focus on the role of science in shaping environmental policy.
These include efforts to reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions, to limit pollution and overconsumption, and to develop renewable resources for energy and food.
Many scientists are involved in these efforts, both as researchers and administrators. In addition to public opinion, what people know about science plays a significant role in how they make decisions about policy.
In this article, we will discuss some of the major policies that concern people around the world, including what countries have the most electricity from renewable sources, how much land is used for agriculture per year in each country, and what percentage of food supply comes from sustainable sources.
Importance of international cooperation in combating global environmental problems
Global environmental problems such as climate change, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events are increasing in frequency and severity every year.
These problems are expected to become even more critical as we move into the future. As the world population increases, it will increase demand for natural resources.
With more people and increased consumption comes increased threats to environmental stability. One way that countries monitor the environment is by checking water sources, natural gas reserves, wildlife habitats, and seismic activity.
This can be very expensive and time consuming. For example, in North Korea alone, checking reserves takes up to a year of continuous work. t is important that this effort is monitored and sustained so that resources are not wasted.