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Ch 24: Human Impact on the Environment Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Human Impact on the Environment chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach humans' ecological footprint in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Human Impact on the Environment chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The IPAT equation Methods for calculating the environmental impact of population, affluence and technology
Tuesday Deforestation and desertification The effects of vegetation loss, including erosion, an increased greenhouse effect, changes in the water cycle and the loss of biodiversity
Wednesday The agricultural and industrial revolutions How inventions like the plow and steam engine lead to an increasing demand for fossil fuels and raw materials
Thursday Industrial ecology and emerging economies Environmental concerns created by the growing economies of the BRICS countries; strategies for mitigating the environmental impact of industrial systems
Friday Pollution and eutrophication Common physical, chemical and biological pollutants; the effects of agricultural fertilizers, sewage and aquaculture on bodies of water

8 Lessons in Chapter 24: Human Impact on the Environment Lesson Plans
What Is IPAT? - Factors of the Human Impact on the Environment

1. What Is IPAT? - Factors of the Human Impact on the Environment

What do the letters IPAT have to do with the environment? Learn how this four-letter equation helps explain the environmental impact of different variables, including population, affluence, and technology.

Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

2. Deforestation, Desertification & Declining Biological Diversity

When trees are lost due to deforestation, the result can be a drier climate and desertification or the transformation of the once fertile land to desert. Learn how deforestation and desertification can lead to a decline in biological diversity.

The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

3. The Agricultural Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Agricultural Revolution was a time of agricultural development that saw many inventions and advancements in farming techniques. Learn about the Agricultural Revolution and how this period impacted society and the environment.

The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

4. The Industrial Revolution: Impacts on the Environment

The Industrial Revolution was marked by the introduction of power-driven machinery and ushered in a time of strong economic development. Learn how advancements made during the Industrial Revolution impacted the environment.

Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment

5. Industrial Development of Emerging Nations and the Environment

Industrial development has brought economic prosperity to a number of less developed countries. Learn about the environmental challenges and risks associated with these newly emerging national economies.

What Is Industrial Ecology? - Definition and Examples

6. What Is Industrial Ecology? - Definition and Examples

Industrial ecology is a young science that studies industrial systems with the goal of finding ways to lessen their environmental impact. Learn how industries are using industrial ecology to reduce the use of natural resources and generate less waste.

Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

7. Pollution: Physical, Chemical & Biological

Pollution is the presence of unwanted substances in an environment. It is often the result of human interference. Learn about physical, chemical and biological pollutants and see examples of each.

Human Causes of Eutrophication

8. Human Causes of Eutrophication

Eutrophication occurs when a body of water becomes overly enriched with nutrients. While this can happen naturally, accelerated eutrophication is typically the result of human activities. Learn about the human causes of eutrophication.

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