Reflective essay you will complete a reflective essay

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Reflective Essay: You will complete a reflective essay about your experience attempting to decrease your environmental impact. An excellent reflective essay will sufficiently answer ALL five questions. Refer to rubric to see point values for answering the questions. 1. How did your family feel about the changes you chose to make? Do you see you and/or your family continuing this change after the project is complete? Explain why or why not. 2. What weaknesses were present in your solution design plan? What did you do well? What could you do to improve your short-term action plan in the future? 3. Determine at least 3 potential lifestyle changes you could commit to long-term (refer to “Take Action” tab for ideas) explaining why these 3 changes would be effective in decreasing your carbon footprint. List several potential benefits and consequences of implementing these lifestyle choices (consider time, money, and impact on others in your life.) 4. Thinking on a more global scale and in relation to previous ecological topics covered in our unit, in what ways have population growth, consumption of resources, and technology impacted biodiversity and the nutrient cycles? Why are sustainability and human impact serious issues to show concern over? Provide evidence from your research to support your claims. Include one reference. 5. As the United States has become more “green” over the years, foreign countries have become less “green” as we export all of our manufacturing to them. Do you think it is truly possible to maintain our economy and reach a point of sustainability as a planet? Provide evidence from your research to support your claims . Include one reference
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Ecology Unit © It’s Not Rocket Science 2016 34 Human Impact Project Rubric Honors Category Excellent Acceptable Needs Improvement Unacceptable Short-Term Action Plan (15) Student uses outside research to design a plan with at least 2 significant changes to be applied to their lives. (15-13) Student uses outside research to design a plan with 1 significant change to be applied to their lives. (12-8) Student may or may not use outside research to design a plan with 1 change that is not of significance. (7-3) Student does not use outside research to design a plan with one insignificant change or does not design a plan. (2-0) Plan Refinement (10) Student listens to feedback from peers and teacher and makes significant changes to their initial short-term action plan (10) Student listens to feedback from peers and teacher and makes several changes to their short-term action plan (9-5) Student somewhat listens to feedback from peers and teacher but makes minimal changes to their short-term action plan. (4-1) Student does not listen to feedback from peers and teacher and makes no changes to their short-term action plan.
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