What Size Footprint Are You Leaving on the Earth?
A typical Canadian’s resource consumption is far above what the Earth can sustain. Our ever-growing demands are only met through increasing overfishing and overharvesting, intensifying deforestation, and emitting more greenhouses gases than the Earth’s natural systems can sequester. One way of examining our individual impact on the environment is by measuring our ecological footprint and calculating the amount of biologically productive area on Earth required to support our demands. This lesson plan contains activities for Grade 9 Geography (academic and applied) students. After calculating their ecological footprints, students will explore their data and compare it to the class average, examine the importance of metaphors (such as the idea of an ecological “footprint”), and hold a class debate on issues of responsibility and sustainability.
- Lectures 0
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 1-3 class periods
- Skill level Grade 9
- Language English
- Students 1
- Assessments Yes
Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9 Academic CGC1D
C1.4 analyse the roles and responsibilities of individuals in promoting the sustainable use of resources
Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9 Applied CGC1P
A1.4 interpret and analyse data and information relevant to their investigations, using various tools, strategies, and approaches appropriate for geographic inquiry • C1.3 analyse their personal use of natural resources • E1.1 use a variety of measurements to compare the impact on the natural environment of people in Canada and people in other countries