THE HUMAN FOOTPRINT: Environmental Science and our Shared Responsibility

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Essential Questions: 
  • How have humans affected and been affected by their environment through time?
  • How do our current choices affect the future of our planet and our global society?
  • What does it mean to be sustainable?
  • What can we do to make this place better?
Content: 
  • The history of environmental science 
  • A  cause-and-effect evaluation of environmental challenges we face (focus on: climate change, habitat destruction, pollution, & invasive species)
  • An exploration of environmental solutions and movements toward sustainability
  • The environmental analysis of our own place
  • An exploration of action and activism
Skills and Processes: 
  • Analyzing the historical contexts of environmental science from multiple perspectives
  • Collecting and evaluating data to determine chemical, biological and physical environmental parameters
  • Organizing and statiscally analyzing large data sets to find environmental trends
  • Designing and proposing systems that would increase sustainability practices on campus and beyond
  • Communicating research, concerns, and ideas to affect positive change
Assessment: 
  • Environmental timelines
  • Participation in field study projects
  • Field Research Reports
  • Environmental Challenges and Solutions reports
Resources: 
  • Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
  • Collapse, Jared Diamond
  • Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
  • NSTA Resources for Environmental Literacy
  • Cispus Environmental Science Curriculum
  • Adopt a Stream Curriculum
Multicultural Dimension: 
  •  Multi-cultural perspectives on resource use both past and present
  •  Environmental justice and its implications on poverty and privilege

 

Integrated Learning: 
  • Reading and discussing environmental literature
  • Exploring the historical perspectives of environmental science
  • Statistical data analysis of environmental parameters