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Author

The Nature Conservancy

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Why Is Biodiversity So Important?

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  • This beautifully animated video shows the many ways that nature and biodiversity are vital to continuing life on Earth and how species extinctions and habitat destruction are jeopardizing our future.

Positives

  • This video is brief but it makes the case for nature-based solutions to protect biodiversity and wild habitat in order to protect our future on Earth.

Additional Prerequisites

Differentiation

  • This video could be used in an ethics, social studies, or civics class to discuss if nature, wild spaces, oceans, and other species have the right to exist or if global protections should be enacted to protect interconnected ecosystems.
  • This would be a great introduction to lessons about ecosystems, nutrient cycling, and biodiversity.
  • Other similar resources include this course about the Anthropocene, this video, this lesson, and this Wonder of Science video.
This video explores the importance of ecosystem management and restoration, an approach that supports sustainable livelihoods, forests, ecosystems, human lives, biodiversity, conservation, and human health. This is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.6.9-12 Evaluate the impact of human settlement activities on the environmental and cultural characteristics of specific places and regions.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.3 Evaluate a speaker's point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric, assessing the stance, premises, links among ideas, word choice, points of emphasis, and tone used.
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