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The Sacred Balance, Part 1

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The Sacred Balance examines our place in the natural world in the light of the sweeping environmental changes and the advances in scientific knowledge. Part 1 argues that we have lost the perspective of our indigenous ancestors who saw the world in terms of the sacred elements of earth, air, fire and water and saw ourselves as part of that world. 

A new perspective has emerged that sees the earth's resources as limitless and there for our exploitation - an exploitation made more threatening by our growing numbers and our scientific  knowledge. This perspective in turn has been challenged by a paradigm shift as we view the fragility of planet from space. 

 

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

Part 1 of A Sacred Balance begins a discussion on the relationship between people and the planet. In doing so it touches upon a number of issues and therefore a variety of subject areas.

  • Aboriginal Studies - aboriginal worldview
  • Geography - population, managing resource and managing change
  • Social Studies - global trends, possible futures
  • Techological Education -green industries
  • Science/Science and Technology - technology and the environment

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Grade 10
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      • Aboriginal Studies
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        • Aboriginal Studies 10: Aboriginal Worldviews
  • British Columbia
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    • Grade 11
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      • Science & Technology
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        • Science and Technology 11:Science Module: Natural Resources and the Environment
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        • Social Studies 11: Human Geography
    • 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
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      • Science
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        • Current Topics in the Sciences 30S: Science, Technology, Society & the Environment
    • Grade 12
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      • Geography
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        • World Geography: A Human Perspective - World Population: Characteristics, Distribution, and Growth
      • Social Studies
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        • Citizenship and Sustainability: Area of Inquiry: Environment
        • Global Issues
  • New Brunswick
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    • Grade 12
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        • Native Studies 120: Religion & Spirituality
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        • Canadian Geography 120:Managing Natural Resources
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        • World Issues 120: Issues Facing the Global Village
        • World Issues 120: The Future of the Global Community
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 3205: Introduction to Environmental Science
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      • Geography
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        • Geography 10: Spaceship Earth
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      • Geography
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        • Geography of Canada 11: Geography of Risk
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      • Geography
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        • Global Geography: Planet Earth
        • Global Geography: Population
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  • Ontario
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      • Aboriginal Studies
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        • Aboriginal Beliefs,Values, and Aspirations in Contemporary Society (College Prep.) Relationships
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        • Environmental Science (Univ/College Prep.) Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Challenges
        • Environmental Science (Workplace Prep.) Human Impact on the Environment
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        • Regional Geography (Univ./College Prep.) Dynamics and Change
        • Regional Geography (Univ./College Prep.): Sustainability and Stewardship
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      • Geography
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        • Living in a Sustainable World (Workplace Prep.) Sustainability of Natural Resources
        • The Environment & Resource Management (Univ./College Prep) : Ecological Systems: Interactions and Interdependence
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        • The Environment & Resource Management (Univ/College Prep.) Community Action
        • The Environment & Resource Management (Workplace Preparation): Human-Environment Interactions
        • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (College Prep.):Changing Societies
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        • Green Industries (Univ./College Prep.) Technology,the Environment,and Society
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  • Prince Edward Island
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        • Geography 521A, Global Studies: Physical Patterns of the World
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 621A: Human Population and Carrying Capacity
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        • Geography 621A Global Issues : Inquiry- What are the issues?
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        • Contemporary World: Environment
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        • Social Studiees 20:World Issues - Environment
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        • Science Module: Natural Resources and the Environment
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        • Social Studies 11: Human Geography
    • Grade 12
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      • Geography
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        • Geography 12: Resources and Environmental Sustainability

Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Carrying Capacity
  • Human Health & Environment (1)

    • Human Population Dynamics
  • Indigenous Knowledge (1)

    • Rituals, Spirituality and Worldviews
  • Science and Technology (1)

    • Appropriate Technology