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Learning to protect biodiversity

Secondary

Description

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.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

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. 

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • British Columbia
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    • Grade 10
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      • Science
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        • Life Science: Sustainability of Ecosystems
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      • Science & Technology
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        • Science and Technology 11:Science Module: Natural Resources and the Environment
    • Grade 12
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      • Geography
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        • Geography 12:Resources and Environmental Sustainability
  • Manitoba
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    • Grade 10
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      • Geography
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        • Geographic Issues of the 21st Century: Natural Resources
      • Science
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        • Senior 2 Science: Dynamics of Ecosystems
  • New Brunswick
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    • Grade 10
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      • Science
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        • Sustainability of Ecosystems
    • Grade 11
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      • Geography
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        • Physical Geography 110: Natural Regions of the World
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 120: Sustainable Development
      • Geography
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        • Canadian Geography 120:Managing Natural Resources
  • Newfoundland & Labrador
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    • Grade 10
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        • Canadian Geography 1202: Natural and Human Systems
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        • Science 1206: Sustainability of Ecosystems
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      • Science
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        • Science 2200: Ecosytems
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 3205: Introduction to Environmental Science
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        • World Geography 3200/3202: Ecosystems
  • Nova Scotia
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        • Geography 10: Spaceship Earth
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        • Science 10: Weather Dynamics
  • Ontario
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    • Grade 9
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        • Issues in Canadian Geography (Academic): Interactions in the Physical Environment
        • Issues in Canadian Geography (Applied): Interactions in the Physical Environment
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science (Workplace Prep.) Human Impact on the Environment
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        • Regional Geography (Univ./College Prep.): Sustainability and Stewardship
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        • Global Connections
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        • The Environment & Resource Management (Workplace Preparation): Human-Environment Interactions
        • The Environment & Resource Management (Workplace Prfeparation)
        • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (College Prep.):Sustainability and Stewardship
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        • Geography of Canada 421A: Future Connections
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        • Science 421A: Sustainability of Ecosystems
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      • Geography
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        • Geography 521A, Global Studies: Physical Patterns of the World
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        • Environmental Science 621A: Introduction to Environmental Science
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        • What can I do?
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  • Quebec
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        • Applied Science & Technology:The Living World
        • Science & Technology:The Living World
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        • Science 10: Climate and Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Yukon Territory
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        • Life Science: Sustainability of Ecosystems
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      • Science & Technology
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        • Science Module: Natural Resources and the Environment

Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Community-Building and Participation
  • Ecosystems (1)

    • Biodiversity