Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capital consumption of
natural resources impact Earth's systems.
To introduce students to the idea of human impact, teacher will project the Demographics Lab to the board or to individual student devices and then, with student suggestions, manipulate variables including birth and death rates, immigration, and disease to show the effects on the human population. This demonstration will spark the idea of population growth, and encourage students to begin thinking about the affects of this growth on the world.
Habitable Planet Demographics Lab
Debate! Groups will choose what they believe to be the
"most pressing issue" that Earth's systems are facing due to human
impact, and gather evidence to support their position. Groups will then
have a structured debate, moderated by a class-voted student leader who
will not be a member of a group, but who will need to rotate through all
groups during the work sessions in order to "fact check" during the
What is the most pressing issue that Earth's systems are facing due to human impact, and why?
How could the effect of this issue be alleviated?