1. (Choose either prompt A or B)
A. The Policy Cycle. How do environmental concerns or issues become political issues that motivate governments to act? Explain the “policy cycle” and how it enables and constrains our ability to act collectively with respect to the environment.
B. What is the role of the “individual” in environmental politics? How do you see the focus on the individual helping or hampering environmental progress. Consider the individualization of environmental politics from governmental, societal, and personal levels.
2. Evaluate the language of “sustainability.” Why is “sustainability” sometimes problematic in the context of environmental politics? Use your environmental justice lens and readings to address this question.
3. What is the treadmill of destruction and the treadmill of production? Why is this distinction important in the context of tribes and the environment?
4. Read Gus Speth and listen/watch the Post-Capitalism panelists (Rick Wolff, Trinity Tran, and Mike Strode) as they unpack where we are and where we want to be. Rick Wolff has this to say: “We have a world to win and very little to lose.” Answer the following questions: What are the features of a post-capitalist, joyful, solidarity economy? How is it being implemented today?
5. Your task: write a short letter to someone of your choosing. This could be your sibling, your parent, your child, your future self, your elected official, your president, your HSU community (the subject is open) and share with them one take-away about the environment that you hope informs their thinking and their lives in the future. Try to be concise, persuasive, and use your words to encourage them to interpret the issue in the way that you do now.