Have and Have-Not

Is there a correlation between a country's wealth and the extent of its ecological footprint? What exactly constitutes an ecological footprint, and how does one country stack up against the rest? This is a unique lesson to incorporate into Earth Day activities or an environmental science class. Invite your class to investigate the inequality that exists in the world today in natural resource usage, waste accumulation, and pollution production.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Valuable lesson that will allow learners to draw conclusions about the relationship between economic and technological advancements and their environmental impact
  • Activities include analysis of graphs and statistics
  • Provides guiding questions and statistics to be read by instructor
Cons

  • Broken hyperlinks in document (please see additional resources for handouts)
  • Some errors in properly referencing instructional materials (e.g. refer to page 12 of Living Planet Report rather than page 4/5 as indicated in lesson)
  • Middle school learners may need some instructional support to work with language in reading materials 
  • Requires preparation of materials, some of which are not included in resource
Common Core