About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This Environmental Sustainability unit of our AP Environmental Science Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about various ways of preserving the environment. There is no faster or easier way to learn about environmental sustainability. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the ways in which environmental sustainability is threatened by human actions, sustainable development and voluntary simplicity.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need a science curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and the Environmental Sustainability unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Environmental Sustainability Unit Objectives:
- Discuss applications for environmental sustainability.
- Explain the concept of sustainable development.
- Learn about the complexities of sustainable consumption.
- Discuss voluntary simplicity as a means towards responsible consumption.
1. Environmental Sustainability: Definition and Application
Environmental sustainability allows for the needs of man to be met without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Learn applications of environmental sustainability, including sustainable agriculture, forestry and energy.
2. Human Behaviors that Threaten Environmental Sustainability
The environment has a remarkable ability to sustain itself. However, human behaviors disrupt the natural environment and threaten environmental sustainability. Learn how population growth, depletion of resources, and pollution threaten nature.
3. Sustainable Development within Environmental Limits
Sustainable development is a way of meeting the needs of both present and future generations. Learn how sustainable development must work within the environmental limits so future generations can benefit from the rich resources of the environment.
4. Sustainable Consumption: Definition and Complexities
Sustainable consumption is the use of products and services that have a minimal impact on the environment so future generations can meet their needs. Learn about the benefits and the complexities that are associated with sustainable consumption.
5. Understanding Voluntary Simplicity as a Form of Sustainable Consumption
Voluntary simplicity is a form of sustainable consumption that involves a conscious decision to use fewer natural resources. Learn how following a voluntary simplicity lifestyle can meet your needs and desires and reduce damage to the environment.
6. What Is Environmental Health? Definition, Types & Sources
In this video lesson, you will learn about environmental health. You will also learn about threats to environmental health and how to distinguish between different categories of environmental hazards.
7. Understanding & Assessing Threats to Environmental Health
In this lesson you will learn how threats to environmental health are assessed. You will also learn how management decisions are made based on such threats and their risks.
8. Environmental Toxicants: Types, Sources & Effects
In this video lesson, you will identify different types of environmental toxicants. You will also learn about the harmful effects of these toxicants and how they travel from various sources.
9. Disease-Causing Agents in the Environment: Definition and Types
In this video lesson, you will identify different disease-causing agents. You will also explore examples of types of disease-causing agents and their effects on human health.
10. Using Indicator Bacteria to Monitor Public Water Supplies
In this video lesson, you will learn about indicator bacteria. You will understand how and why they are used to test for water contamination despite the fact that they are harmless and naturally occurring in human and animal systems.
11. Emerging Diseases Linked to Environmental Change
In this video lesson, you learn about why some diseases are increasing on Earth due to environmental changes. You'll also see examples of different types of diseases that are responding to environmental changes and how they are becoming more prevalent.
12. Magnification of Toxicants: Persistence, Bioaccumulation & Biological
In this lesson, you will learn about the persistence and magnification of toxicants in the environment. You will also learn about how these toxicants affect organisms as they move up the food chain.
13. The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
In this video lesson, you will learn about persistent organic pollutants and how they led to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants in 2001.
14. The Dose-Response Curve: Determining Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants
In this video lesson, you will learn about dose-response curves and how toxicologists measure the toxicity and effects of toxicants. You will also learn about how this data is applied to human health.
15. Assessing Chemicals for Cancer-Causing Agents
In this video lesson, you will identify sources of cancer-causing agents. You will also learn how scientists determine which substances and chemicals cause cancer in humans.
16. Interactions in Chemical Mixtures: Additive, Synergistic & Antagonistic
Chemical reactions occur constantly within our environment and even within our own bodies. Reactions can vary depending on the chemicals that are mixed together. This lesson explores the four most common reactions and offers examples for each.
17. Toxicants and Children: Why Children Are More Susceptible
Despite their small size, children are more susceptible to environmental toxicants. In this video lesson, you will learn why toxicants often have greater effects on children than adults.
18. The Precautionary Principle and New Technologies & Products
In this lesson, you will learn about the precautionary principle and how it applies to new technologies and products. You will also learn about how this principle is applied in different government regulations.
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Other chapters within the AP Environmental Science: Homeschool Curriculum course
- Environmental Science Introduction: Homeschool Curriculum
- Geologic Time Scale: Homeschool Curriculum
- Plate Tectonics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Earthquakes: Homeschool Curriculum
- Volcanoes: Homeschool Curriculum
- The Atmosphere and the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Weather and Storms: Homeschool Curriculum
- Water Balance: Homeschool Curriculum
- Running Water: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ground Water: Homeschool Curriculum
- Glaciers: Homeschool Curriculum
- Oceans: Homeschool Curriculum
- Water Issues & Conservation: Homeschool Curriculum
- Minerals, Rocks & Soil: Homeschool Curriculum
- Ecosystems: Homeschool Curriculum
- Organism Interaction in the Ecosystem: Homeschool Curriculum
- Evolving Ecosystems: Homeschool Curriculum
- Biological Science: Homeschool Curriculum
- Population and the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Food and Agricultural Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Forestry, Rangelands & Other Land Use: Homeschool Curriculum
- Mining & Fishing: Homeschool Curriculum
- Energy Concepts: Homeschool Curriculum
- Renewable Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Nonrenewable Resources: Homeschool Curriculum
- Solid and Hazardous Waste: Homeschool Curriculum
- Human Impact on the Environment: Homeschool Curriculum
- Global Environmental Economics: Homeschool Curriculum
- Environmental Ethics & Politics: Homeschool Curriculum