Sustainability and Globalization

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Sustainability and Globalization
Module Length: 6 hours Sustainability and Globalization ..................................................................................................... 1  Overview ......................................................................................................................................... 2  Learning Objectives ........................................................................................................................ 2  Glossary .......................................................................................................................................... 3  Lesson Plans.................................................................................................................................... 5  Lesson 1 Population and Sustainability ..................................................................................... 5  Lessons 2 and 3: Natural Capital ................................................................................................ 8  Lesson 4: Global Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle......................................................... 11  Lesson 5: Energy....................................................................................................................... 14  Lesson 6: Potential Solutions: How the Experts Think It Can Be Done .................................. 18  Appendices .................................................................................................................................... 21  Appendix A: Lecture Outline for Lesson 1............................................................................. 21  Appendix B Lesson 1 Reading Discussion Questions. ............................................................. 24  Appendix C: Lecture Outline for Lessons 2 and 3 ................................................................... 26  Appendix D Lecture Outline for Lesson 4 ................................................................................ 31  Appendix E Panel Debate ......................................................................................................... 34  Appendix F: Lecture Outline for Lesson 5 ............................................................................... 37  Appendix G: Lecture Outline for Lesson 6............................................................................... 45  Appendix H Additional Resources ........................................................................................... 49  Assessments .................................................................................................................................. 51  Environment Presentation ......................................................................................................... 51  Olympic Bid Presentation ......................................................................................................... 51  Notes ............................................................................................................................................. 53 

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Overview
The depletion of natural resources that accompanies globalization brings the issue of sustainability to the forefront as countries try to balance the protection of the environment with economic growth. Policymakers must balance the needs to provide opportunities for employment and upward mobility in the present, while not destroying the natural resources that are necessary precondition for the human well-being in the future. The United Nations defines sustainability as the ability to “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The Sustainability module introduces students to the impact of present and future population trends, the concept of natural capital, the causes and effects of global warming, the different types of alternative energy, and potential solutions to...
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