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A respectful resource is available to support your ecology lecture. Introduce the population concepts of limiting factors and carrying capacity and then examine the example of a deer population in northern Arizona. Take a look at the human population and how exponential growth seems to be impacting the global climate, ozone levels, and the biogeochemical cycles. Don't just teach the concepts; help learners become informed citizens.
Take photos of human activities that impact air quality. Collaborative groups present one of the photographs, identifying how the activity contributes to air quality and what can be done to minimize the impact. As one in a series of lessons exploring human impact on the environment, this activity will help develop informed citizens who can make a difference. Links to the other lessons are included. Use them all to present a complete unit to your environmental studies class.
Scholars study how humans consume energy and how we impact our environment. After completing a worksheet about the types of energy humans use, groups research one type of energy and present the pro or con side for the use of that energy. They also create posters endorsing a type of energy, and complete a worksheet that summarizes what they've learned.
Students identify the basic ways that agribusiness contributes to climate change. In this agribusiness lesson, students explore the five primary ways in which industrial agribusiness destroys the climate. Students participate in a workshop to explore who is responsible and who is impacted by industrial agribusiness and engage in identifying the “power holders” and practical actions that can challenge them.
After reading an article about irrigation on Canadian farms, learners participate in a discussion. They individually write an opinion paper about the surrounding issues. A instructional activity like this can be used in an earth science class when considering the water cycle, or in an environmental studies class when considering human impact on the environment.
Discuss with learners why farms are growing in size and why there is sometimes conflict between farmers and their non-farming neighbors. Read the article, "Living With the Farm Next Door," and then craft letters to the editor from the perspectives of both the farmer and non-farmer. This lesson can be a support to teaching how humans impact the environment.
Unfortunately, the article for which this resource was written is not available. You can, however, find another current document on agriculture and urban development for your class to read together, and then still follow the suggested teaching strategies for a sufficient learning experience. This would be most useful in an environmental studies course.
Students brainstorm and discuss what it means for a species to be considered endangered and/or extinct. They research animals in Puerto Rico and choose one that is considered endangered and create a poster about it. In addition, they analyze how humans are impacted by species that are considered endangered.