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This video illustrates how to address biodiversity through Education for Sustainable Development and mobilize teachers and students to reflect on biodiversity issues.
It outlines the importance of biodiversity to humans in providing for medicines, shelter, food and clothing and demonstrates the links between our consumption patterns and the loss of biodiversity; the rate of loss; and the need to preserve biodiversity for future generations.
The program addresses the combination of increased production of goods, rise in population, and climate change as responsible for current rate of loss of biodiversity. It suggests that individuals can contribute to maintaining biodiversity by adopting a more sustainable lifestyle and that education can help us understand how our actions have global ramifications.
It concludes with an example of how students might take action to promote forest sustainability.
The video represents an overview of biodiversity- value of, loss of. maintenance of - and therefore is best used as an introduction to the topic. A number of curriculum units and outcomes deal with biodiversity. The grade 10 Science curriculum in most provinces and territories includes a unit on maintaining ecosystems; Environmental Science/Studies courses examine a number of issues related to biodiversity; a number of Geography units on resource management or human-environmental interaction include outcomes on sustainable development of the planet's resources.
Student study of biodiversity also provides an excellent opportunity to teach the concepts of system thinking and sustainable development. Finally, the video introduces an example of possible student action in support of biodiversity and therefore may be used as a starting point for greater student action in this regard.
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