The Implication of ‘Green’ Policies

by aperd2 on March 11, 2014 - 5:13pm

Environmental awareness is becoming an increasing topic of study across all fields in todays ever-changing society. Many lawmakers believe that citizens simply do not care, do not have the knowledge, or do not want to change into a more sustainable society however, Lynn Rosentrater, a social scientist, presented research that tends to prove otherwise. Rosentrater (2013) conducted a survey of business and economics undergraduate students in June of 2009. The survey asked them different questions and had them rate their opinions a 7-scale system, 1 being very unlikely and 7 being extremely likely. The data showed that the majority of the students believed that climate change is occurring and more than 80% identified carbon dioxide as a cause. They also found that only 52% of students supported a carbon tax, which could reduce emissions. 74% of the students said that they would support tax-funded research to make renewable energy technologies cheaper and more effective, and also increasing automobile fuel-efficiency (Rosentrater, 2013, p. 958). This data shows that this sample of the population is very away of climate damage, what is causing it, and is willing to make a change.

             A major implication of Rosentrater’s (2013) data is that politicians can reference it when creating new policies to move society into a more suitable way of life.  It is important for us to completely move away from fossil fuels and move to more renewable recourses. The data showed that over half the students surveyed would support a carbon tax (Rosentrater, 2013, p. 958). This would be extremely beneficial to the environment because it would force people to move toward renewable resources. People would not want to pay high fossil fuel prices and therefore opt for using alternative energy sources.  Another policy that would be supported is the use of tax dollars for research, increasing the use renewable energies, and increasing fuel efficiency (Rosentrater, 2013, p. 958).  I believe it is necessary for politicians to look at this study and notice that people want to change and are willing to pay the price to move to a more suitable way of living.

Reference List

Rosentrater L, Sælensminde I, O’Connor R, (2013). Efficacy Trade-Offs in Individuals’ Support for Climate Change Policies. Environment & Behavior, 45(8), 935-970. 

Comments

I agree with some of the major pointers you’re bringing up. I even like the way on how you said lawmakers either don’t care about climate change, don’t have the knowledge, or do not want to change society to better control it. This is good for a start in investigating more of the surveys that involve the issue of climate change. The next step would be to conduct an exclusive survey with newer information about what are the issues college students want to emphasize the most; you can do so at your college.

Anyway, you have put some emphasis on how students are majorly concerned about this, and so they want to see what they said in this survey. I have to agree on how CO2 is the major problem in the environment, and that it is all related to the automotive industry, particularly on how there are so many personal cars around the world it is very hard to switch fuels, modify them, or buy a new car consuming a different fuel. When I say modify, I mean make changes to the fuel system, or use a different energy source. Grain alcohol, or batteries charged from solar panels and stationary wind generators are two examples. I emphasize, most importantly, that politicians need to start taking action on environmental protection and reduce fossil fuel consumption, particularly nation governments, and not let it go for so long that when they realize, it is too late. I also emphasize the increasing cost of petroleum, where eventually they want to save money by switching to a different energy source.

I am actually doing a complete term paper in my course on the environment, with emphasis on three different disciplines: environmental art, environmental science, and meteorology. They convey the most relevant information concerning climate change, because environmental science investigates the science of pollution, while meteorology discusses the consequences of this crisis. Meteorology alone, in fact, can reveal information about Hurricane Sandy in Fall 2012 and Hurricane Katrina in August 2005; environmental science relates to it and thus describes the most visible source of how those hurricanes occurred.

To give yourself an experience, all of us in Montreal just had a temporary snowfall, even though it didn’t take long for it to melt. It happened the evening of Tuesday, April 15; we were surprised that this happen, yet it shouldn’t have been there in the first place. However, we must see the reality of climate change, and figure out a way on how to reduce the atmospheric CO2 concentration and reduce carbon emissions.

Overall, this is an effective post; I see a little bit of use to it in my project, because eventually all relevant disciplines on the environment will have to reach the government and the general public.

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