In the United States, some scientists, sociologists, and politicians propose that the access to environmental quality is not evenly distributed across the socioeconomic classes. In 2005, when Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans area, this concept became the center of many conversations. Take some time and investigate the issues surrounding the poor environmental conditions during Hurricane Katrina and the days to follow. Investigate the concept of unequal access to environmental quality. Decide if you believe that the impact of the hurricane was felt equally through all socioeconomic classes. Why or why not? If you ran the disaster program, what would you have done differently? For this assignment, you will compose a letter to the U.S. President. Use the questions above as a guide to compose your letter. Make sure that your letter answers all of these questions and contains facts and examples that support your opinion and suggestions. You must provide at least 4 facts or examples that support your opinion.
Your letter must be a minimum of 500 words, be prepared in a Microsoft Word document, double-spaced, and in 12-point font (Times New Roman or Arial). Be sure to use proper spelling and grammar. Your work must include all references consulted or it will not be accepted. Using other’s work without citations is considered plagiarism.
Criteria 1. Shows evidence of research.
Shows an understanding of the events surrounding the hurricane.
Shows evidence of the demographics of the areas greatest hit.
Expresses an opinion of whether the impact was felt evenly.
Substantiates his/her opinion with facts.
Offers suggestions on what could have been done differently.