This lesson plan could give students the opportunity to research the differences between regenerative farming and industrial livestock operations to see how they impact our environment differently.
Language arts teachers could share this short video about the implications of food waste and have students discuss how food waste impacts our clean water supply along with other environmental issues.
Other resources on this topic include this interactive global map which provides information about risks to clean water supplies and solutions, this interactive map that shows how watersheds work, and this activity on protecting watersheds.
The impact of human activities on fresh water access is explained in this video. Agriculture and other activities utilize roughly 90% of fresh water globally, resulting in increased demand for fresh water. To avoid water scarcity for the expanding population, this sector must be reimagined. It is suggested that this resource be used in the classroom.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS2: Earth's Systems
HS-ESS2-5 Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
ETS1: Engineering Design
HS-ETS1-1 Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.