Ecological Footprint

Students explore their own Ecological Footprint in the context of how many Earths it would take if everyone used the same amount of resources they did. They compare this to the Ecological Footprint of individuals in other parts of the world and to the Ecological footprint of a family member when they were the student's age.

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Connecticut Energy Education

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For younger students, the last several steps could be considered extension activities or project-based assessment.

Some students, especially those who struggle with reading or math, may need additional scaffolding or instruction.

Educators should explain that the calculation assumes that everyone on Earth uses the same amount of resources. It does not mean that an individual uses one or two Earths by themselves.

It is suggested that the PowerPoint not be done in class but be assigned to be viewed as homework.

The reviewers were concerned that collecting personal data to be shared might make some students uncomfortable. However, the lower income students will probably be shown to be the "good guys." In any case, educators should be sensitive to this and adjust how they conduct the activity in their classes appropriately.

Comment from expert scientist: The discussion on limited arable land could also bring up topics such as fertilizer overuse and other means that people use to grow more on the same amount of land.

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