Human ecology

POV | Good Fortune: Lessons in International Development

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In this lesson, students will watch video clips and read interviews with experts that will help them examine different approaches to international aid and development and begin to identify which approaches are most effective. The lesson features excerpts from the film Good Fortune, which presents the viewpoints of two Kenyans who resist development projects intended to improve quality of life in their country.

A Return to the Amazon | Children of the Amazon: Parts 1, 2

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Children of the Amazon invites you to see through the eyes of these inspiring and remarkably resilient people whose lives are transformed by a road carved through their forest home by an outside world. From Chief Amir Surui's embattled efforts to stop illegal loggers to the assassination of legendary rubber tapper Chico Mendes, this poetic and visually stunning film engages our senses and sympathies as global issues take on a profound human perspective.

An Ancient Legend Teaches Climate Change Adaptation

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Today's unsustainable use of natural resources is compared to the legend of the giant Uab. Uab, a boy who grew into a giant as he ate everything around him, became so heavy that the island he lived on began to sink. His appetite caused other problems, including a change in weather patterns and damage to coral reefs. Left with no choice, the islanders eventually killed Uab. This legend mirrors what is happening today globally and in the Pacific Island region: the unsustainable use of land, marine, and freshwater resources is having unwanted effects. In response, Palau is taking steps to help conserve natural resources for future generations.

Above the Clouds: Telescopes on Mauna Kea

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Astronomical research is dependent on technology that allows astronomers to see the universe. Telescopes act as giant eyes, capturing the light from celestial objects and processing it for astronomers to study. Generally, a space-based telescope will offer the clearest views of the universe. However, astronomers have found an ideal site for ground-based telescopes. In this video segment adapted from First Light, learn about recent telescope technologies and one of the best ground locations—Mauna Kea.

Rodney Bartgis: Conservationist | Rodney Bartgis

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Learn about the work of conservationist Rodney Bartgis in this video from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Discussion questions are provided. 

Isle de Jean Charles | Global Oneness Project

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Students watch a 9-minute film, Isle de Jean Charles by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about a tiny island community off the Louisiana coast. The film explores the changes taking place on the island through the lives of two residents whose families are facing a future where rising seas, coastal erosion, and storms are threatening to wash their home away. 

In the accompanying lesson, students discuss the effects of hurricanes and the advantages and disadvantages for living near the coast. Students will participate in classroom discussions and explore the themes of cultural displacement and the effects of environmental change. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

Nepal Devastated by Deadly Earthquake

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Hear the latest updates from the site of an earthquake in Nepal with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from April 26, 2015.

Great States | North Dakota Economy

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From bison and fur trading in its early days to the growth of railroads, agriculture, energy, and tourism, North Dakota’s economy has continued to evolve and change with the times.

Lewis and Clark Minutes | Jefferson's Vision for the West

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President Jefferson, as portrayed by Clay Jenkinson, describes what he thought the American West would be like when he sent Lewis and Clark to survey the land.

Water: Pineview Reservoir | Images of Utah

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Consider the significance of Utah's Pineview Reservoir. An excerpt from the 22-part video series The Geography of Utah, conceived and written by Albert L. Fisher, PhD of the University of Utah. The series encompasses the political, cultural, historical and sociological geography of the state of Utah. It describes the activities, the land, and the people. Much of the video material was videotaped on location throughout the state of Utah, giving the student and interested viewer valuable field trip experiences.

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