The Great Lakes: Drowning in Waste

PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact

Link to media artifact(s) giving background on the issue. Please list the title of the artifact(s) and then make the title(s) a link to the page in the MSC site where the artifact has been posted. You may include media artifacts made by other MSC members, if relevant, even if they are not authors of this proposal.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JMy-mFiFDqiTRL0G9qfAMv7DnG-oCfFlEaEBTFnYoZk/edit?usp=sharing   3. Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1: Having a refundable deposit on plastic water bottles 

SOLUTION 2: Banning the use of dangerous plastic products like polystyrene (Styrofoam) and microbeads (in products such as toiletries, bath and body products, skin cleansers, and toothpaste 

SOLUTION 3: Restrict all plastic material from beaches and parks

 

BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

House Bill 5006 of 2019

Summary of Bill: Preventing pollution in the Great Lakes by banning the sale and distribution of polystyrene food packaging to consumers. This bill mainly targets the food service industry.  

 

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan: This is affecting our clean drinking water which will eventually affect human health. In the next few years this will be our generations problem to fix the issue with single use plastics.

 

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal? While brainstorming issues in Michigan I came across plastics in the Great Lakes.

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JMy-mFiFDqiTRL0G9qfAMv7DnG-oCfFlEaEBTFnYoZk/edit?usp=sharing

 

Consultations

Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

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Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.

 

Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

 

Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?

FORMAL PROPOSAL

The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

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(Add more "Whereas" clauses if necessary.)

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....

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(Add more "Resolved" clauses if necessary.)

Counter-arguments:

What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

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Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?  

 

References:

These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.




 

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