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Earthday Worksheet

 

I. Earthday Introduction:

Click on the timeline and familiarize yourself with the major dates in Earthday’s history.  Answer the following questions:

  1. When was the first Earthday celebrated? ________________________________

 

  1. In what years did the federal government set aside land in Alaska for wilderness?_______________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

II. Opportunity Cost of Humans on the Planet: 

Take the Footprint Quiz. 

  1. What are your results? Print them out and attach.
  2. What surprised you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. Water Resources:

Click on the site with stories.  Choose TWO two different stories of children and water to read.  Answer the following:

 

  1. Where is your story from?  Give a few details:

 

 

 

 

 

 

What surprised you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Where is your story from?  Give a few details:

 

 

 

 

 

 

What surprised you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the maps site for water resources.  Find Map 5 and compare it to the map on the IR Earthday site.

Where is water pressure the greatest compared with per capital usuage?

 

 

 

IV. Soil

Click on the New Zealand Cultivation Site.

  1. What is cultivation?

 

 

 

2. What role does organic matter play in soil health?

 

 

Extra Credit:

What are nutrient budgets?

 

 

 

Click on the GLASOD site for soil degradation.  

            1. What are two types of soil erosion?

 

 

 

V. Air

Click on the EPA quiz link and take their quiz (feel free to read the background material with the questions!).

  1. What are your results? Print them out and attach.
  2. What surprised you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on Berkeley’s site for air pollution. 

  1. What is air pollution?

 

 

 

Extra Credit: What are two sources of indoor air pollution?

 

 

 

 

VI. Population:

How do you feel about state population control programs like China’s one child policy versus the aid-based solutions proposed on the website?  Which do you think are more effective?  What is the state’s role in population control?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VII. Conclusion

Return to the various sites: Earthday, Global Policy, EPA, Berkeley and look at ways you can make a difference.  Find two examples of things you can do to celebrate Earthday.

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