I argue that what appear to be local issues are not just local issues, but are global and to remove that element from the discussion is harmful to students. Chemical contamination connected to a refinery explosion in Delaware City which sent toxic gasses into the night sky is not JUST a local issue, but a global issue. The global community shares the air of “night sky.” Spraying formaldehyde on eggs and slaughtering 600 million chickens on Maryland’s Eastern shore is not JUST a local issue, but a global issue. The water of the Chesapeake goes into the Atlantic and touches other distant shores. Hydrofracturing natural-gas wells is not JUST a local issue, but a global issue. Natural gas produced at home means less reliance on foreign (global) energy and natural gas consumed at home means cleaner air at home and abroad – the air, wind is global. Students need a clear understanding that what takes place locally frequently has global consequences that should not be ignored. BG
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