Table 2.  Student responses regarding environmental problems at the local, national, and global scales.

 

 

Environmental Problems for Mobile

 

 

Environmental Problems for the U.S.A.

 

 

Environmental Problems for the World

 

Pollution* (Air, water, land)

59

 

Pollution* (Air, Water, Land)

78

 

Pollution* (Air, water, land)

58

Pollution** (Mobile Bay, Dog River,
Gulf of Mexico)

28

 

Pollution*** (Cars)

18

 

Greenhouse Effect/Carbon Dioxide

30

Sewage System/Sewage/Spills

17

 

Greenhouse Effect/Carbon Dioxide

10

 

Ozone Layer/Depletion

13

Litter/Trash/Garbage (in rivers, etc)

14

 

Litter/Trash/Garbage

10

 

Deforestation

12

Industrial Pollution

14

 

Industrial Pollution

9

 

People (overpopulation)

12

Pollution*** (Cars)

8

 

Deforestation

8

 

Destruction of Tropical Rainforest

7

Industry (incl. Chem. Plants, factories)

7

 

Ozone Layer/Depletion

6

 

People (attitudes/irresponsibility)

7

Ignorance (in general)

7

 

Ignorance

5

 

Litter/Trash/Garbage

6

Water (in general)

6

 

People (attitudes/irresponsibility)

5

 

Ignorance

6

People (in general)

4

 

Emissions (in general)

4

 

People (in general)

4

Mercury/Heavy Metals

4

 

Overuse of Natural Resources

4

 

Pollution** (cars)

4

Drinking Water

2

 

Pollution** (Big Cities)

3

 

Overuse of Natural Resources

4

Ignorance (elected officials)

2

 

Pres. George Bush

3

 

Oil

4

Inconvenient Recycling

2

 

Industry (in general)

3

 

Toxic Waste/Nuclear Waste

3

The Causeway

2

 

People (in general)

3

 

War

3

People (attitudes)

2

 

Logging

3

 

Industry (in general)

3

Factories

1

 

Acid Rain

2

 

Food Supply

3

Clean Streets

1

 

Emissions (industrial)

2

 

Terrorism

3

Pres. George Bush

1

 

Lack of Environmental/Conservation Efforts

2

 

Industrial Pollution

3

Metro Transit

1

 

Mercury/Heavy Metals

2

 

Pres. George Bush

2

Excess Construction/Expansion

1

 

Toxic Waste/Nuclear Waste

2

 

Environmentalists/Activists

2

Rainfall

1

 

Oil 

2

 

Shortage of Drinking Water

2

Sediment Deposition into Mobile Bay

1

 

Three Mile Island

2

 

Use of Fossil Fuels

2

Businesses

1

 

Encroachment on Wilderness/
Nat. Habitats

2

 

Lack of Environmental/
Conservation Efforts

2

Emissions (in general)

1

 

Loss of Natural Resources

2

 

United States of America

2

Industry/Corporate Attitudes

1

 

U.S. Presidents (in general)

1

 

Industrialization

2

Acid Rain

1

 

Wetlands Destruction

1

 

Polar Icecap Melting

2

Greenhouse Effect

1

 

Landfills

1

 

Conservation (Trees, water)

1

Deforestation

1

 

Reliance on Automobiles

1

 

Wetlands Destruction

1

Landfills

1

 

Industry/Corporate Attitudes

1

 

Not committed to technological advances

1

Wetlands Destruction

1

 

Hydrology (Florida/Great Plains)

1

 

Urbanization

1

Prichard Sewer System

1

 

Oil Shortage

1

 

Desertification

1

Mardi Gras

1

 

Use of Fossil Fuels

1

 

Resource Shortages in 3rd World Countries

1

Potential Industrial Accident

1

 

Destruction of Tropical Rainforest

1

 

France

1

Loss of Natural Resources

1

 

Oil Spills

1

 

Disease

1

Downtown

1

 

Lack of Recycling Programs

1

 

Logging

1

Floods

1

 

Environmentalists

1

 

Poverty

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too Many/Numerous Problems

1

All Other Responses

173

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't Think About It/
Never Thought About It

3

 

Don't Think About It/
Never Thought About It

2

 

Don't Think About It/
Never Thought About It

2

I Don't Know

23

 

I Don't Know

12

 

I Don't Know

16

No Response

26

 

No Response

31

 

No Response

30

Improper Response

5

 

Improper Response

2

 

Improper Response

1

Total Responses

230

 

Total Responses

218

 

Total Responses

231