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Population Connection

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, AP® / College

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

Resource Type

  • Presentation Slides

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

Human Impacts on the Environment

Synopsis
  • This slide presentation thoroughly describes the impact of the human population on the environment, especially related to anthropogenic climate change. 
  • The slides provide basics about the carbon cycle, findings from recent climate reports, and graphs to demonstrate the role of various countries and industries in greenhouse gas emissions over time. 
  • The slides show how population growth, land use, and climate change are intricately linked, and include information on biodiversity loss, deforestation, and renewable energy. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource is incredibly comprehensive in describing how climate change and human interactions with the environment are linked. 
  • Reputable resources are linked throughout the report, providing evidence in the form of data and graphs to illustrate various issues related to climate change.
  • This serves as a great opportunity for students to practice their scientific literacy.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Learners should understand that burning fossil fuels leads to the emission of greenhouse gases, which cause climate change.
  • Reading line graphs and bar charts is a necessary skill to understand the evidence presented in these slides.
  • Learners should be familiar with ecological vocabulary such as ecosystem, restoration, deforestation, renewable energy, etc. 

Differentiation

  • As this resource is very large and comprehensive it will most likely need to be used in different sections throughout a longer unit or course. Consider using some of the information and sources in the slides as a jumping off point to learn about different topics such as agriculture's impact on climate change, deforestation, renewable energy, or human impacts from fossil fuel usage.
  • Social studies and history classrooms could use the information in these slides to begin to examine the impact of human population growth on the environment over time.  There are also many connections that could be drawn to gender equity and access to reproductive healthcare.
  • Consider having students process the information in this resource by dividing different topics presented between groups and having them present on what they learn through reading and further research on their topic.
  • This could serve as an excellent resource for a class working on research papers related to climate change.
  • Additional resources related to human population growth include Anthropocene: Human Impact on the Environment and this video about human population growth.
Scientist Notes
In a changing climate, this resource investigates the connection between population expansion and food security. There are no erroneous scientific assumptions and it is well-sourced. The information on pages 37 and 40 is accurate, but it seems dated and needs updating. The resource is most strongly advised for use in the classroom.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-3 Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.5.9-12 Evaluate how political and economic decisions throughout time have influenced cultural and environmental characteristics of various places and regions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.10 By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.10 By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 11-CCR text complexity band independently and proficiently.
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