AP Environmental Science Politics and Environment. Outline. 1. Politics and Environmental Policy social change, democracy, individuals, groups 2. Improving the U.S. Political System responsibility, bureaucracies, power 3. Global Policy progress, diplomacy, world politics.
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Politics and Environment
In making environmental policy decisions, we should be guided by the following principles:
3. The precautionary principle: When an activity raises threats of harm, take precautionary measures even if some cause-and-effect relationships are not fully established scientifically.
5. The integrative principle: Make decisions that involve integrated solutions to problems.
6. The environmental justice principle: Establish policy so no group of people bears an unfair share of risks.
3. The judicial branch: A series of courts enforce and interpret laws.
Primary forces involved in making environmental policy at the federal level in the United States.
Types of groups involved in strengthening (shown in green) and weakening (shown in brown) environmental protection in the United States.