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jerrybdube
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Danielle
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environmental education and not environmental prosecution is the answer to waste management problems

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Danielle
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/20/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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jerrybdube

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environmental education does not advocate a particular newpoint of course of action but rather teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and it enhances their own problem solving and decision making skills
Danielle

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Environmental law has developed in response to emerging awareness and concern over issues impacting the globe. "Beginning in the 1970s, Congress enacted a set of laws to protect the nation's air, water and lands from uncontrolled pollution. These laws responded to the consequences of unregulated industrial development that had fouled those resources to the point where rivers were not fishable, air was unhealthy to breathe, and land contamination put Love Canal at the forefront of national consciousness. Over time, environmental regulation has been very successful at reducing the amount of pollution Americans face every day" [1].

The Clean Air Act is the principle law addressing air pollution including carbon dioxide emissions. "In 2002, a report by the Journal of American Medical Association credited the act's automobile emission regulations with reducing carbon monoxide related deaths, saving 11,700 lives between 1968 and 1998" [2]. Similarly, the Montreal Protocol Act could be preventing 11 billion tons of CO2 from entering Earth's atmosphere [3]. These laws have made it easier for people to breathe and are crucial to our well being.

President Nixon signed the Clean Water Act in 1972, the primary federal law addressing water quality standards for the nation's waterways. Most importantly, this act puts the onus on states to develop plans to protect their watersheds from non-point pollution [2]. Still, a 2009 study by Duke University concluded that while water quality has improved, "population growth, limited jurisdiction, and unforeseen water stressors, such as emerging contaminants and climate change" nevertheless plague our waters. This means regulation and enforcement of those regulations is still very relevant to our health and the well-being of our planet.

We know that there is a great deal of stress on our environment that puts the livelihood of both animals and humans in danger. Yet people still tend to behave selfishly or in their own (financial) self-interest. "The tragedy of the commons is an economic theory of a situation within a shared-resource system where individual users acting independently according to their own self-interest behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting that resource through their collective action" [4].

To prevent people from ruining the environment for their personal gain, prosecuting environmental crimes has become routine to serve as a deterrent. Pro would have to explain how education alone serves as a useful deterrent.

[1] https://www.justice.gov...
[2] http://abcnews.go.com...
[3] http://motherboard.vice.com...
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org...
Debate Round No. 1
jerrybdube

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Danielle

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Please extend my arguments.
Debate Round No. 2
jerrybdube

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Danielle

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