The Environmental Paradox: Moving from Ecological Awareness to Environmental Policy
Group Case Study Presentation and Research Project
The purpose of this assignment is to demonstrate your individual and collective ability to consider significant aspects of a contemporary environmental issue.
Through the combined resources of this social justice cohort, we will produce educational materials aimed at adult citizens of Detroit that can be distributed through a blog or a website.
Design a Detroit food policy (a vision) for 2027 that addresses land use, public health, environmental quality and takes into account climate instability and change and sustainable energy. Evaluate the legal and regulatory challenges. Assess the ethical framework. What kinds of scientific issues need to be addressed? Create a transition plan from 2012 to 2027.
1. Your report should build upon the key findings from your group’s issue and serve to educate the community (adult citizens) about Detroit’s future needs for agriculture and food.
2. The final research report on your assigned issue should include the following components:
a) an introduction that describes the issue and summarizes the key concepts relevant to the issue
b) the main body should include a
(1) review of the relevant literature and provide supporting data about the issue;
(2) identify the key concerns of the stakeholder groups who are affected by the issue
Stakeholders are those groups who are affected by the decision. You should include the impacts on at least three of the following stakeholder groups or additional groups: Legislators; Governmental bodies, such as the City Council; Regulatory agencies, such as FDA, EPA and MDEQ; Activist groups; Citizens; Businesses; Health Scientists; Farmers
c) a summary of the key findings demonstrating why the general public should care about the issue
d) An annotated bibliography/webliography of the resources you recommend for further education about the issue you investigated.
3. This report is aimed to think about ways a community can effect change. How does the information from this class promote change in your own life. Can you really buy into a community change if you are not sold on the importance of the change personally? What might keep you from making those changes personally, what barriers or motivations might be important? Please include a discussion about how the changes may affect you personally either at the beginning or ending of your report. How does personal change mirror or affect community change? What does this say about your theory of social change?
Keywords: Sustainable Development, market access, regulations and workforce
On Monday, August 13, 2012, the 4TH CEC-Detroit Research Project 2027: Restorative Practices… Climate, Food, Health and the Environment (ULC Pastor, 4TH CEC-Detroit Research Project 2027: Restorative Practices… Climate, Food, Health and the Environment, 2012) Faith-based non-profit group published an announcement that The Universal Life Church CEC – Detroit Composting Environmental Corps (ULC Pastor, The Universal Life Church Church CEC – Detroit Composting Environmental Corps, 2012) received the 2027 Heart & Soul Award for Community Service in Detroit, Michigan from the United Nations “Sustainable Development Solutions Network” (Nations, We Can End Proverty, 2012).
Fifteen-years ago because of a special Social Justice Masters class project at Marygrove College and the 2012 United Nations conference on sustainable development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, regarding “The Future We Want” program goals (Nations, Rio+20 The Future We Want, 2012) The Universal Life Church CEC – Detroit Composting Environmental Corps (CEC-Detroit) was certified as an assumed name. Our Board of Directors’ reviewed the material and found; indeed, that our coalitions, five-yearlong, work-in-progress to help stop modern-day slavery, sex trafficking and child abuse was better accomplished or served by addressing; Good Jobs, Sustainable Energy for All, Sustainable Cities, Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture, Water for the World and Disaster-resilient Societies (Nations, Rio+20 The Future We Want, 2012). Therefore, we certainly owe our success here in Detroit and worldwide for all the natural, built and social environments that provided the opportunities for us to work together for a better tomorrow and a future for many generations to enjoy. The research that triggered the CEC-Detroit project for 2027, can be found at the following websites for your personal review, comments, suggestions and further recommendations as we move beyond 2027.
10TH Cohort SJ-524 Group Project 2012: Comprehending and Composting “The Detroit Diet Non-Profit NGO”
Enriching the understanding of the nutrition value of food in order to prevent the negative impacts of the lives and health of Detroiters
In the city of Detroit, many of our residence are living in areas without groceries stores or fresh. When these people are in a place where they can purchase healthy foods, they are unaware as to what might be the best, most nutrition foods for their shopping dollar.
Our intent is to teach the residences about the nutrition value of food, which foods will offer the best values, how to purchase these foods, and how to farm food for the family, to show how what you eat affects how you feel and what diseases you may deal with, provide field trips to community farms lots, to teach to community where and how to shop for nutrition foods, to teach the community how to farm at home.
To provide the community ways to insure their health and the health of their future generations through awareness and education.
https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/10th-cohort-environmental-justice-project-2012-comprehending-and-composting-the-detroit-diet-non-profit-ngo/ (ULC Pastor, 10TH Cohort SJ-524 Group Project 2012: Comprehending and Composting The Detroit Diet Non-Profit NGO, 2012).
1ST CEC-Detroit Research Project 2012: Restorative Justice, Social Justice and the Environment
https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/1st-cec-detroit-research-project-2012-restorative-justice-social-justice-and-the-environment/ (ULC Pastor, 1ST CEC-Detroit Research Project 2012: Restorative Justice, Social Justice and the Environment, 2012).
2ND CEC-Detroit Research Project 2012: Climate & Food, Social Justice and the Environment
https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/2nd-cec-detroit-research-project-2012-climate-food-social-justice-and-the-environment/ (ULC Pastor, 2ND CEC-Detroit Research Project 2012: Climate & Food, Social Justice and the Environment, 2012).
3RD CEC-Detroit Research Project 2012: Health, Social Justice and the Environment
https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/3rd-cec-detroit-research-project-2012-health-social-justice-and-the-environment/ (ULC Pastor, 3RD CEC-Detroit Research Project 2012: Health, Social Justice and the Environment, 2012).
4TH CEC-Detroit Research Project: 2027: Restorative Practices… Climate, Food, Health and the Environment
https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/4th-cec-detroit-research-project-2027-restorative-practices-climate-food-health-and-the-environment/ (ULC Pastor, 4TH CEC-Detroit Research Project 2027: Restorative Practices… Climate, Food, Health and the Environment, 2012).
Back to the Future, from the Past
As the project director of CEC-Detroit, I signed a pledge with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to “[h]elp Michigan proactively address the threats that climate change pose on our environment” (Quality, 2012) that included the following:
- At Home: recycle at home, school, the office, everywhere
- In the Yard: compost organic waste, use hand tools and a push mower
- At Work: take your lunch to work/school, encourage emission reductions at work & school
- Your Political Power: talk to your representatives – federal, state & local, run for office/push healthy climate change policies (On August 7, 2012, I was elected as one of three, Tenth Precinct Delegates for the Democratic Party, in Southgate)
- At the Store: buy locally grown and produced foods, support local farmers’ markets
- In the Car/When you Travel: choose to drive fuel efficient vehicles, support alternative fuels, become an eco-driver to reduce fuel use
- As a Consumer: encourage more renewable energy, buy recycled products, invest in responsible businesses
Many of the proactive actions pledged to were indeed things that I usually do without thinking about; however, running and being elected for a grassroots political position had magnified my potential to provide a more focused concentration on sustainable development issues, as though I was looking through a Fresnel lens, which excited me even more.
After additional research in the beginning, prior to our weekend class and for this final project due August 13, 2012, we uncovered, or should I say discovered, Michigan’s ag plan: Map to the future in an article by Marie Hruby in “Michigan Farm News” (Hruby, 2012) that stated in-part the following quote:
When Governor Rick Snyder challenged the state’s food and agriculture industry during his Summit for Production Agriculture, he put out five goals to be achieved by 2015:
• Increase the economic impact of food and agriculture industry from $71 billion to $100 billion
• Double agricultural exports
• Increase food and agricultural careers jobs by 10 percent
• Increase access to healthy foods in Michigan by 20 percent
The plan consists of three different pillars; Market Access, Regulations and Workforce Development.
The Market Access pillar focuses on expansion of agricultural processing and access to local foods, as well as improving our transportation and infrastructure and advancing the use of utilities by expanding broadband access, merging into a 3-phase electric distribution and accessing and distributing the natural gas that is stored right here in Michigan.
On the regulatory front, it’s important to understand that not all regulations are bad. Our goal is to fight bad regulations and ensure that regulators are allowed to make rules that support agriculture and are restricted from adopting regulations that cause undue barriers to growth.
The last pillar that our organizational plan, focuses on workforce development. A large part of Michigan’s reinvention hinges on jobs that keep people in Michigan and attract new residents. Reinvention requires an available workforce that is highly qualified to fill jobs that are presently in demand, and meet the need of 1.3 million college graduates, with 60 percent having the equivalent of an Associate’s degree by 2025 (Hruby, 2012).
The Michigan’s ag plan: MAP to the future, including the following research and information found in the following quote in the Union of Concerned Scientists – Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions “Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs” (Scientists, 2012) convinced everyone that CEC-Detroit was going in the right direction toward sustainable development (Nations, Rio+20 The Future We Want, 2012).
Creating a Clean Energy Future: Michigan’s Renewable Energy Ballot Initiative
A proposal will be on the November 2012 ballot in Michigan requiring that 25 percent of the state’s energy comes from renewable sources such as wind, solar, and biomass by 2025.
Michigan’s renewable energy ballot initiative offers a historic opportunity to revitalize the state’s economy, create thousands of new jobs, improve public health, and protect the environment.
But we need your help to make it happen.
You Can Help Support Clean, Renewable Energy in Michigan.
- Are you a Michigan scientist, engineer, economist, or technical or health professional? Join other Michigan leaders in an open letter of support for the Michigan renewable energy ballot initiative. Sign the letter now.
- Join us in supporting the initiative and promoting clean energy and green jobs in Michigan. A range of opportunities are available for you to help build a cleaner, healthier energy future for Michigan.
- Stay connected by signing up for news, resources, and urgent action alerts.
- Join the UCS Science Network, a community of scientists, engineers, health professionals, and economists working to build a healthier environment and a safer world.
- Cast your vote in November to increase renewable energy in Michigan. If you’re not yet signed up to vote, make sure you register to vote today! (Scientists, 2012).
The CEC-Detroit Composting Environmental Corps is committed to working together with everyone helping to benefit the safety, health and welfare of our community’s natural, built and social environments to provide prevention, protection and partnerships for a healthier you, today for tomorrow and the future.
Once the CEC-Detroit filed a Private Attorneys General federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency et al seeking to recover damages on behalf of the natural, built and social environments, we were able to establish certain rights with respect to Personhood and from that day forward, the rest is history that brought us here today. Thank you, and together we will continue to make this world a better place for our future generations as it should be our duty, honor and respect for all things considered, without exception or question.
Hruby, M. (2012, July 25). Michigan’s ag plan: MAP to the future. Retrieved from Michigan Farm News: http://www.michiganfarmbureau.com/farmnews/transform.php?xml=20120715/map.xml
Nations, U. (2012, August 13). Rio+20 The Future We Want. Retrieved from The Future We Want: Outcome document adopted at Rio+20: http://www.un.org/en/sustainablefuture/index.shtml
Nations, U. (2012, August 21). We Can End Proverty. Retrieved from Beyond 2015: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/beyond2015.shtml
Quality, M. D. (2012, August 4). Take the Pledge. Retrieved from Department of Environmental Quality: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-50990-195739–,00.html
Scientists, U. o. (2012, July 25). Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs. Retrieved from Union of Concerned Scientists – Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions : http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/smart-energy-solutions/increase-renewables/michigan-renewable-energy-ballot-initiative.html
ULC Pastor, R. S. (2012, August 13). 10TH Cohort SJ-524 Group Project 2012: Comprehending and Composting The Detroit Diet Non-Profit NGO. Retrieved from Universal Life Church Anti-Slavery Coalition: https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/10th-cohort-environmental-justice-project-2012-comprehending-and-composting-the-detroit-diet-non-
ULC Pastor, R. S. (2012, August 13). 1ST CEC-Detroit Research Project 2012: Restorative Justice, Social Justice and the Environment. Retrieved from Universal Life Church Anti-Slavery Coalition: https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/1st-cec-detroit-research-project-2012-restorative-justice-social-justice-and-the-environment/
ULC Pastor, R. S. (2012, August 13). 2ND CEC-Detroit Research Project 2012: Climate & Food, Social Justice and the Environment. Retrieved from Universal Life Church Anti-Slavery Coalition: https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/2nd-cec-detroit-research-project-2012-climate-food-social-justice-and-the-environment/
ULC Pastor, R. S. (2012, August 13). 3RD CEC-Detroit Research Project 2012: Health, Social Justice and the Environment. Retrieved from Universal Life Church Anti-Slavery Coalition: https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/3rd-cec-detroit-research-project-2012-health-social-justice-and-the-environment/
ULC Pastor, R. S. (2012, August 13). 4TH CEC-Detroit Research Project 2027: Restorative Practices… Climate, Food, Health and the Environment. Retrieved from Universal Life Church Anti-Slavery Coalition: https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/4th-cec-detroit-research-project-2027-restorative-practices-climate-food-health-and-the-environme
ULC Pastor, R. S. (2012, August 13). The Universal Life Church Church CEC – Detroit Composting Environmental Corps. Retrieved from Univeral Life Church Anti-Slavery Coalition: https://ulcantislaverycoalition.wordpress.com/zxzy-solutions-the-apocalypse-and-catyclysm/the-universal-life-church-cec-detroit-composting-environmental-corps/