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8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Economics, History, English Language Arts, Justice

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Video, 2 minutes, 58 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Worksheet
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Video, 9 minutes, 59 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessment

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PDF, Downloadable MP4/M4V

Globalization and the Environment

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  • This online course discusses the causes of environmental change over recent centuries, how changes to the environment affect different groups of people, how resource competition and depletion can cause conflicts, and what the world might be like in 2050.
  • It includes videos, a UN Sustainable Development Goals worksheet, activities, articles, reading guides, a graphic biography, a writing assignment, and an assessment.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource does a great job of summarizing information, activating prior knowledge, helping students think critically, and allowing students to work on their writing skills with a self-assessment writing rubric.
  • The graphic biography is an excellent way to introduce the impact of development on Indigenous communities.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers and students will need to set up an account using an email address in order to access the material.
  • This is part of a series of courses provided by OER.
  • The PDF worksheets are available for download to print off for students.
  • Students will need access to a computer and Internet connection to use the online features.


  • Younger students will benefit from the vocabulary worksheet, summaries, and guided reading sheets.
  • High school students could have group discussions about the topics covered and then present a summary of the course to the class.
  • The topics covered in this lesson could apply to economics, geography, and civics classes.
  • Have students discuss the connections between economic systems that rely on consumption and growth and the inability of natural systems on Earth to support indefinite growth in resource use.
Scientist Notes
The resource guides students to understand 6 of the 17 UN SDGs and the need to take action in their local communities. It underscores how globalization has influenced human activities and deepened inequalities in their communities. It also spotlights "The Anthropocene," which explains the idea about how increasing human activities, technology, and knowledge-sharing have impacted the environment, creating conflicts over natural resources distribution and making it difficult to predict environmental changes and challenges in the future. The resource appears to be a compendium for introducing students to environmental resources management and sustainable development. Thus, this resource is suitable and recommended for teaching.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.9-12.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
  • Social Studies
    • History
      • History 1 (D2): Students understand major eras, major enduring themes, and historic influences in the history of Maine, the United States, and various regions of the world by analyzing major historical eras, major enduring themes, turning points, events, consequences, and people in the history of Maine, the United States and various regions of the world.
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