Chapter 2 of the Our Climate Our Future series includes a video and worksheet.
The video explores the concept of environmental footprints, showing how much land is required to support the average American's lifestyle.
It also compares the footprints of an average person in the United States to an average person in many other countries.
The video provides good analogies and the animated content is engaging.
Teachers will need to register for a free account to access the materials.
The concept of an ecological footprint may be a novel concept for some, so be ready to discuss this further with students.
There is an answer key available for the worksheet.
There are related videos available for extended learning.
Social studies and economics classes could discuss the social norms and built-in infrastructure that may make it harder for Americans to reduce their ecological footprints, even if they don't consume a lot of "stuff".
Students could brainstorm ways of changing American culture and infrastructure to accommodate a more sustainable lifestyle with smaller ecological footprints.
This resource offers a great opportunity to engage students in a conservation that centers around what we use, how we use it, is it necessary, and ultimately how we can lower our impact on the environment and climate related issues. It could easily be integrated into a lesson!
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