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Overpopulation:1/5

Secondary

Description

The video introduces students to a number of the key elements in the current debate between those who point to world population as the primary cause of environmental degradation and those who see over-consumption as the problem. The subtext to the debate is the relative responsibility of the developed world (overconsumption) and the developing world (overpopulation).

The debate serves to introduce students to the concept of our ecological footprint at the individual, local, and global level and the related concept of the planet's carrying capacity. 

General Assessment

Weaknesses

The 'talkimg heads" approach lacks something of the more dramatic elements that characterize more effective videos.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The video may serve as an introduction to any unit of study that focuses on populaton, sustainable consumption, ecological footprint or carrying capacity. It may also be used in social studies units where the focus is on a comparison of the developed world and the developing world and the impact of wealth and poverty on the environment.

The video particpants outline the essential elements that characterize the current debate. Students may be asked to identify each of these elements and to investigate each in greater depth. 

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Grade 12
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      • Geography
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        • World Geography 30: World Patterns of Population and Settlement
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        • Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.
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        • Human Geography 12: Demographic patterns and population distribution are influenced by physical features and natural resources
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        • World Geography: A Human Perspective - World Population: Characteristics, Distribution, and Growth
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        • Canadian Geography 1202: Human Population Issues in Canadian Geography
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        • AP Human Geography: Population and Migration Patterns and Processes
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        • Science 30: Population and Community Dynamics
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        • Geography of Canada 421A: Canada’s Global Connections
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        • Environmental Science 621A: Human Population and Carrying Capacity
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Themes Addressed

Citizenship (2)

  • Ecological Footprint
  • Sustainable Consumption

Ecosystems (1)

  • Carrying Capacity

Human Health & Environment (1)

  • Human Population Dynamics