Sustainable Development: Definition, Obstacles & Impact


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Why is the ecological footprint relevant to all life on earth?

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1. What hypothesis says that society is ignoring signs that the earth's carry capacity is reaching its maximum limit?

2. An export company that claims it has implemented a sustainable development strategy is still only focused on its profits. It knows that there are limitations to the resources on the planet, yet it is still highly dependent on fossil fuels and it has admitted to a toxic waste spill in a nearby lake. The company is beginning to understand sustainable development by _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Using our natural resources over an infinite period of time can help reduce our mark on Earth. This interactive quiz and worksheet will focus on vocabulary related to using natural resources and how to implement sustainability.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will be assessed on ability to correctly identify the term or phrase for the following definitions or descriptions:

  • The hypothesis that says society is ignoring signs that Earth's carry capacity is reaching its maximum limit
  • Carrying capacity
  • Using natural resources at an amount that can be extended over an infinite period
  • A critical factor putting a strain on the earth's resources

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about natural resources in a different light
  • Making connections - use understanding of the link between people and the strain on Earth's resources
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about carrying capacity from the lesson

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this topic, check out the accompanying lesson titled Sustainable Development: Definition, Obstacles & Impact. It covers things like:

  • Humans' affects on Earth's resources
  • Obstacles the concept of sustainable development has yet to overcome
  • The definition of carrying capacity
  • The greater need for resources in a modern world