As a Senator on the Environment and Public Works committee, you are tasked with the incredibly unique opportunity to make decisions that will have impacts on American society for generations to come. You will have to grapple with huge questions, like how to balance fiscal responsibility with environmental preservation, ensure safe and viable natural resources for all citizens, and lay strong infrastructural blocks upon which the rest of American society will build. Throughout our committee sessions, you will draft resolutions, craft and lobby for legislation, and potentially, address a crisis. In doing so, it is our hope and goal that you will learn more about our political system, explore your passion for politics, and of course, have fun.
As part of this year’s committee, you will be responsible for tackling particularly interesting and hyper relevant topics. In light of the recent water tragedy in Flint, Michigan, our committee will examine America’s drinking water system and explore ways in which we can improve it to ensure water access for generations to come. Next, we will discuss domestic nuclear energy, and weigh the potential benefits of nuclear as a renewable energy against the potential costs of harmful nuclear waste and radiation. In doing so, we hope that you consider the broad and significant implications of environmental and energy policies, and that you are able to apply technical details in a real-world context.
We hope that you are as excited for these topics as we are, and we hope this excitement encourages you to come prepared with ideas on how we can solve these problems. Using the briefings we provide as a starting point, we expect you to be familiar with and informed on all of the briefing topics. Start doing your own research as soon as possible! The more you know before the conference, the more fun you will have during it. Outside of the briefing topics we’ve given you, we also recommend that you stay up to date on current events, both domestically and in your role’s state.
Our goal as your HMC chairs is to provide an intellectually engaging environment while also having unprecedented amounts of fun. It is our hope that as part of our committee, you will think critically, listen thoughtfully, and engage meaningfully – we will certainly be doing the same.
In the meantime, feel free to email us with any questions you have about the topics, about the conference in general, or just to introduce yourself! We are here to help and love to chat – if you’d like, include a fun fact with any questions you send. Here’s one from us: one of your chairs could not operate a hula hoop until they were 12 years old.
All the best,
Andrew Badinelli and Kyle Sanok
Chairs, Senate Environment and Public Works
Each delegate will submit two one-minute speeches, one on each briefing topic. These speeches should written from the perspective of the delegate’s assigned role — for example, a delegate assigned the role of the United States should present arguments that the United States would be in favor of. The pre-conference assignments are due on December 30th and should be sent to your committee chairs by email (see below). Delegates should use this opportunity to research their role and become familiar with the topics at hand in order to prepare for the conference. Committee chairs will provide feedback on these assignments before the conference.