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This resource focuses attention on the relationship between human consumption and environmental degradation, with particular attention paid to declining biodiversity.
Students first become familiar with a number of concepts including consumption, resource depletion, ecological footprint, biodiversity and sustainability. They then determine their individual ecological footprints with the help of on an on-line calculator. After discussing their results with a partner students answer a set of reflection questions and complete a handout to assess their understanding of the key concepts.
Students can access the footprint calculator from Zero footprint Youth.
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