5 HUMAN IMPACTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT - CRASH COURSE VIDEO: Hank gives the run down on the top five ways humans are negatively impacting the environment and having detrimental effects on the valuable ecosystem services which a healthy biosphere provides. 10:38 minutes
This infographic covers some fast facts on the world’s growing population and how we aren’t anticipated to slow down in the future. This information is in line with the idea that the earth is going to reach a limit before the human population will. Fertility rate is dropping, but life expectancy is increasing.
This great activity has students using an online ecological footprint generator to help them analyze how their lifestyle choices have an implact on their ecological footprint. In this activity they analyze their own footprint, the footprint of the most sustainable human and the footprint of the least sustainable human. This activity leads to a really rich discussion of ecological issues. Since this is a computer lab activity, it also makes for a great sub plan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iN3zdpdgvY "Patriarchal culture has taught people to be seperate from nature. Rationalizing all manner of greed and exploitation, the view that the earth was put here to serve humanity-that we are created to be its dominators-is the root of our present ecological nightmare. And by stealing a sense of sacred from nature-by making it lowly, inferior, dead-the sky god culture produced a cruel rift in our inner nature and paved the way for widespread alienation…
In the same spirit of what I have called metaphysical history I would now like to introduce the idea of metaphysical ecology as an extension, expansion, extrapolation, and generalization of ecology as the term is usually understood and employed. That is to say, metaphysical ecology is a philosophical ecology, in which we have passed from the concrete, scientific conceptions of ecology in the narrow sense to the abstract, philosophical conceptions of ecology in a philosophical sense. /span>