This final unit will address issues of the environment on a small town scale to national and worldwide dilemmas. Students will be asked to draw upon the content learned in the previous four units and build on it through a series or research projects.

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Lesson 1: What is Gaia?

by Kimberly Handle

Students explore James Lovelock's Theory of the Earth as a living superorganism.
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Gaia Hypothesis Video

by Kimberly Handle

This is an excellent animation on James Lovelock's Gaia Theory from his background in Earth Sciences, to the theory's inception and how the multiple systems create feedback loops. This video also offers up weaknesses in Lovelock's hypothesis allowing for students to think more critically about this popular thought process.
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Students are introduced to some to the dilemmas that we and our future children will face given our current situations and policies.
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James Lovelock, Rachel Carson, Tad Murty and Barry Commoner are a few of the thousands of scientists who have contributed their opinion on the state of the Earth. Students are given a brief vitae on the scientists to use in a discussion about who funds their research and whether or not this may influence the scientists opinion in their research.
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Lesson 3: Sources of Energy

by Kimberly Handle

Students explore the current types of energy available and Lovelock's controversial views on nuclear energy.
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Blackout NYC 1965

by Kimberly Handle

Similarly to 2003 a power relay to prevent overload of the Northeastern grid is set off blacking out over 80,000 sq. miles of the US and some parts of Canada.
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Blackout NYC 2003

by Kimberly Handle

This is a video documentary of someone's evacuation from a NYC subway car on the day of the blackout in 2003. After leaving the tunnels the viewer provides us with coverage of the walk back to Brooklyn.
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This is a 10 minute video of the affects of the 2003 blackouts and the problems that it caused for Canada, the US and the world. Canada having a large breakout in crime and fires in contrast to the US. Broaching the question, who's to blame?
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Students explore current problems in natural resources, our availability of food and more.
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Wild idea are born out of science conferences, this lesson explores some wild and down right wacky ideas in off setting the change in Earth's Climate
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James Lovelock's personal view on environmentalism and current efforts in recycling and reduction are quite unique. Students will have an opportunity to explore a very different point of view from a prominent scientist and the multitude of green movements.
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Shades of Green

by Kimberly Handle

Short overview of three environmentalist groups, the Lights, Darks and Bright Greens.
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Ideas of the curriculum culminate with the question, are we doomed? What can we do locally?
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