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Kristin Sullivan - Environmental Studies

Concept Map: Environmental Studies/Environmental Problems and Solutions

Environmental Studies

InterdisciplinaryInteractionsProblems/SolutionsDifficult Because of Many Variables
Integrates knowledge from many disciplines How we and other species interact with one another and with the non-living environment (connections) Evaluate best available information and make political/economic decisions In nature, numerous variables exist. One may argue with numbers, but trends are significant enough.
Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Politics, Ethics, Ecology, Econ.   Understanding differing world views and think! Trends may therefore be evaluated and addressed.


Environmental Problems & Solutions

(Leading to Sustainability)

  1. Human Population Increase
  2. Resource Use
  3. Pollution
(Please note the key environmental problems listed on page 21 in text)
Environmental Impact=

Population (# of People) X

Affulence (# of Units of resources used per person) X

Technology (environmental impact, such as degradation or pollution, per unit of resources used)

Critical Thinking to:

Understand, connect, use right and left brain, relate, judge, evaluate, take problems, problem-solve.

5 Components to Solve Problems:
  1. Scientific Assessment
  2. Risk Analysis
  3. Public Education
  4. Political Action
  5. Follow Through


Last Updated: 9/8/09