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(DRAFT) Reducing Styrofoam

Postby Traden » Fri Apr 23, 2021 6:35 am

The World Assembly,

Noting that styrofoam is a popular product used for many different things,

Disgusted by the fact that it is frequently used to harm the environment,

Wanting to help stop this chaos from happening again,

Hereby does the following:

A) Defines styrofoam as any object made of out everything listed below:

- Polystyrene

- Hydrofluorocarbon

B) Bans people from using styrofoam, in any way, to harm the environment.

C) Encourages people to reuse, reduce, or recycle styrofoam whenever possible.
Last edited by Traden on Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:58 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Postby Imperium Anglorum » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:05 am

Traden wrote:Defines styrofoam as an element made out of the following:

- Polystyrene

- Hydrofluorocarbon

Well, that is a nonsense definition ab initio. An element is a substance 'that cannot be chemically interconverted or broken down into simpler substances and are primary constituents of matter'. Defining styrofoam as an element is like speaking of a wet desert.

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Postby Outer Sparta » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:07 am

Imperium Anglorum wrote:
Traden wrote:Defines styrofoam as an element made out of the following:

- Polystyrene

- Hydrofluorocarbon

Well, that is a nonsense definition ab initio. An element is a substance 'that cannot be chemically interconverted or broken down into simpler substances and are primary constituents of matter'. Defining styrofoam as an element is like speaking of a wet desert.

Ambassador Tavoularoglou: I guess according to the delegation of Traden stryrofoam is somehow an element. Either a misunderstanding on their part or they genuinely think that.
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Postby Traden » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:25 am

Imperium Anglorum wrote:
Traden wrote:Defines styrofoam as an element made out of the following:

- Polystyrene

- Hydrofluorocarbon

Well, that is a nonsense definition ab initio. An element is a substance 'that cannot be chemically interconverted or broken down into simpler substances and are primary constituents of matter'. Defining styrofoam as an element is like speaking of a wet desert.


Fixed. Also, thanks for identifying that error!

Outer Sparta wrote:Ambassador Tavoularoglou: I guess according to the delegation of Traden stryrofoam is somehow an element. Either a misunderstanding on their part or they genuinely think that.


It was a misunderstanding.
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Postby Groot » Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:52 am

A) Defines styrofoam as any object made out of the following:

- Polystyrene

- Hydrofluorocarbon

"I am Groot," says Groot, as he hands the author a long list of hydrofluorocarbon products, including refrigerants, aerosol propellants, fire suppression chemicals, and solvents, that are, most certainly, not styrofoam, and a second list of polystyrene products, including plastic cups and containers, CD jewel cases, disposable cutlery, and plastic models, which are made out of polystyrene but are, again, most certainly, not styrofoam.
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Postby Traden » Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:19 am

Did I say 'one of the following'?
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Postby Tinhampton » Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:46 am

Traden wrote:Did I say 'one of the following'?

No. IA and Groot have quoted both versions of your Article A, in which the exact phrase you quote is not used.
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Postby Traden » Fri Apr 23, 2021 10:59 am

Tinhampton wrote:
Traden wrote:Did I say 'one of the following'?

No. IA and Groot have quoted both versions of your Article A, in which the exact phrase you quote is not used.


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Postby Wrapper » Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:18 am

OOC: Styrofoam is actually a brand name, and referencing it in a proposal violates the Real World Reference rule.

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Postby Lumermeyr » Fri Apr 23, 2021 12:52 pm

"Perhaps a more accurate definition would be to use its actual name, EPS - expanded polystyrene (foam). I must, however, point out, that a ban on »using styrofoam, in any way, to harm the environment« is as useless, as it is redundant. Any nation's environmental protection acts will cover this as regular pollution, along with plastic bags, cups, plates, glass, metal -- generally speaking, all of trash. The resolution would thus have to be extended towards all non-biodegradable waste, which in the bill's current shape, would hinder economies - and thus the purchase power of the people - tremendously. In a different view on the matter, one could understand this resolution as dangerous even, considering EPS is a popular and cheap insulation material, helping reduce power and heat poverty in housing. It would therefore be wiser to consider recommending or even demanding EPS products be of long-term use, to begin to minimise its impact on the environment. It should be, however, an outstretched process, to allow weaker economies to adapt in a way that wouldn't hinder them. In construction EPS is a rather long-term investment as an insulation layer, but that cannot be said about the mentioned material serving as an anti-shock measure for packages and delivered goods. The latter case should be addressed, while the former - considered for discussion."
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Postby Outer Sparta » Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:13 pm

I also feel that existing GA resolutions on plastic use and pollution cover most of the premise and I don't see how this is necessary. If you have a sufficient and strong argument about this kind of plastic, then go ahead. Right now, your resolution essentially does nothing and clause B doesn't work.
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