This article examines the harmful practices and possible solutions from the agriculture and forestry sectors.
Students will learn that about a quarter of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture and forestry, that plant-based diets are ideal for emission reduction, and that reducing soil tillage can increase carbon absorption.
This article illustrates how important land is for plants and many animals.
Students will benefit from this sector overview, which is concise while still covering the sector's many facets, such as human health and food security.
Students must understand how greenhouse gases contribute to climate change.
Students should know what carbon sinks are and why we need them.
For this article, teachers can pause after reading about each area of focus in this sector and ask students for examples to gauge comprehension.
To assess prior knowledge, teachers can ask the class questions about how agriculture impacts the environment before reading the article.
Students can use this article for an argumentative essay on the best ways to reform worldwide agricultural practices and why such reforms are necessary.
This article can enhance a classroom discussion on how economic systems influence land allocation and usage.
Students with high levels of reading stamina can read some of the technical descriptions for solutions in the links at the bottom of the page.
This resource introduces a solution to reducing emissions by addressing people's diets and reducing food waste, and protecting ecosystems and shifting agricultural practices. There is a brief discussion of how land use can affect climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. The resource is an excellent addition to a lesson discussing alternative methods for reducing carbon emissions. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
Dimension 2: Geography
D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.
D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
National Health Education Standards
Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
1.12.3 Analyze how environment and personal health are interrelated.