Now you will choose 1 of those top 3 actions at your assigned level of government (local, state, or federal) and propose a specific public policy that would change society’s behavior around that action.1 attachmentsSlide 1 of 1
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This is Step 2 of the 5 Climate Action Project Assignments in which you will read, research, simulate, write, and evaluate. You will again use the En-ROADS simulation model (developed by Climate Interactive and MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, climateinteractive.org (Links to an external site.)) In Step 1, you discussed different actions that can be taken to reduce greenhouse gases based on the En-ROADS simulation model’s categories. You and your classmates shared information on different actions and vote on the top 3 actions that you think would effectively reduce climate change at your assigned level of government (local, state, or federal). Now you will choose 1 of those top 3 actions at your assigned level of government (local, state, or federal) and propose a specific public policy that would change society’s behavior around that action. Federal 1. 1. Carbon Removal: Afforestation (7 votes – justify at the FEDERAL level) Policy Proposal Paper Requirements: • • Problem Statement (200-300 words). Substantiate the need for policy action to address greenhouse gases (either reducing emissions or increasing uptake) from the sector that is the subject of your policy action by creating a compelling, concise explanation of the adverse environmental outcomes and causes of greenhouse gas issues from your chosen sector: o Scientific basis for the problem: how the use or non-use of the action’s resource gives rise or reduces climate change (please make this short. Do not get into the deep science of climate change. A few simple sentences about the connection between the resource/action and greenhouse gas emissions will suffice). o Economic or legal basis for the problem: How economics or legal rules create incentives for human behavior that leads to the use or non-use of this resource or action (*focus using concepts from this class). o Social basis for the problem: How human values, cultural forces, and social norms lead to the behavior that causes us to use/not use this resource. Policy Formulation (300-400 words). Describe the basic characteristics of the policy you formulate for your level of government: o The legal powers of your assigned level of government that allow your policy to be enacted. o Who and/or what will be regulated o Policy tool used (use one of the policy tools discussed in Week 4 and beyond) o How the policy tool is implemented (how to set a pollution control standard, how to set a tax rate, etc.) ▪ Be as detailed as you can, but you do not have to do intense calculations for particular parameters. Discuss how you would set parameters (for example, what information would you need to determine the subsidy level for renewables to encourage their adoption?) ▪ For this step, use the En-ROADS simulator (Links to an external site.) to specify additional policy information to set a particular policy level. ▪ You can open the additional menu for each sector/category to set more precise policy parameters to test changes and see how quickly change is implemented over time. ▪ BE SPECIFIC. When describing your policy do some looking around. What have governments at your level around the world in this area? What is something creative you would want to implement. The more specific you are, the better your paper will be. • o When will the policy take effect (if using a phase-in approach, for example) • Policy Justification (300-400 words). Tell us why this policy will work, based on the policy tools you have learned about in this class. o Scientific basis: Use the En-ROADS simulator (Links to an external site.) to test your proposed policy by putting it into the model, and report the result in reduced projected global temperature as justification for the policy that you choose to report on (see image above). Include a screenshot of your results. o Explain how the proposed policy in the Policy Formulation section addresses the economic, legal, and social causes of the problem that you identified in the Problem Statement section. o Be as specific as you can! WHY does your policy change human behavior? Guidelines 900-1100 words required, correct grammar, spelling, academic writing style, any standard citation style acceptable. Citations are a must. Please support your claims and references with proper citations. If you have any questions about this, let me know. Write, then revise until you have included the essential information in a clear and concise piece of writing. Length doesn’t earn you points, but substance will. Due end of Week 9. See Rubric for specific grading criteria. This assignment will be checked against multiple sources for original content using Turnitin. A report will be generated that shows if content in this paper matches content in documents available on the Internet, in print journals, and a database of other papers submitted by students. You will be able to see the results of the originality check. If you have a yellow or red flag (>25% non-original material), you should revise your paper and resubmit immediately to avoid consequences to your grade or academic integrity. Climate Action Policy Proposal Criteria Ratings This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeProblem Statement Section 6 pts 4 pts 3 pts Systematically describes how the chosen resource/action causes climate change using concepts from class, including the economic, legal, social, and scientific aspects of the problem. Generally describes how the chosen resource/action causes climate change using concepts from class, including the economic, legal, social, and scientific aspects of the problem. Vaguely, incomple how the chosen re climate change us including the econ scientific aspects o This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePolicy Formulation Section 6 pts 4 pts 3 pts Systematically describes all aspects of the proposed policy in sufficient detail: level of government, target of regulation, policy tool, standards, timing, other. Describes some aspects of the proposed policy in general terms: level of government, target of regulation, policy tool, standards, timing, other. Vague desc proposed p target of re standards, This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePolicy Justification Section 6 pts 4 pts 3 pts Systematically justifies the how the economic, legal, and social aspects of the problem are addressed by the policy by connecting the problem statement and policy formulation. Generally justifies the how the economic, legal, and social aspects of the problem are addressed by the policy. Vaguely, in the how th aspects of policy. This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar, spelling, writing style, citations 2 pts 0 pts Proper grammar, spelling, acceptable style, correct citations. Writin Total Points: 20 When submitting your assignment, you must agree to the terms and conditions of the originality check: Your paper will be added to the student database for comparison of future OSU papers against it. You maintain ownership of the original intellectual property created in this paper. You also understand that results of this report may be used by the University in student conduct proceedings related to academic dishonesty. For further information, visit Student Conduct and Community Standards, or contact the office of Student Conduct and Mediation at 541-737-3656. For more information about preventing plagiarism see the library guide on Academic Integrity for Students. Rubric Climate Action Policy Proposal
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