1. Patterns of resource consumption

Stimulus Video – Hans Rosling and the washing machine

Students should be able to:

1. Evaluate the ecological footprint as a measure of the relationship between population size and resource consumption.
Ecological Footprint

The theoretical measurement of the amount of land/water a population requires to produce the resources it consumes and to absorb its waste under prevailing technology.

Calculate yours here – Ecologicalfootprint.com

 

 


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Aims of this lesson:

    • To be able to evaluate the ecological footprint as a measure of the relationship between population size and resource consumption.

Here are some questions about the ecological footprint. You can use the information which follows and ”Patterns’ p225-230 to answer them.

      1. What is a nation’s ecological footprint?
      2. How is a ‘carbon footprint’ different from an ‘ecological footprint’?
      3. What is a nation’s biocapacity?
      4. Why might the biocapacity of a nation decrease?
      5. Why might the ecological footprint of a nation increase?
      6. Create a table that describes the relationship between the ecological footprint and biocapacity in the seven countries listed below.
      7. Is there a link between population size [use the CIA World Factbook] and the ecological footprint?
      8. Evaluate the ecological footprint as a measure of the relationship between population size and resource consumption.

 

 

The Ecological Footprint Atlas 2010

 

See also this CASE STUDY: China’s changing resource consumption

2. Identify international variations in its size. Discuss the two opposing views (neo-Malthusian and anti-Malthusian) of the relationship between population size and resource consumption.

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