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What is Sustainability?

Lesson Description:

In this lesson, students explore the concept of sustainability by participating in a game in which they act as condo development owners collectively drawing from the same reservoir. They learn about the sustainability of natural cycles, and how human activity designed to meet present-day needs can interfere with those cycles and be unsustainable.

• Students will summarize how nature’s cycles work and why they are sustainable.
• Students will explain how human activity can be unsustainable.
• Students will develop a definition of sustainability that incorporates both words and visuals.
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work

Sustainability Topic:
  • Climate Change
  • Water
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
60-90 minutes
Materials Needed:
  • Handout: Cycle of Materials (class set)
  • Transparency: Reservoir Game
  • Sticky notes (four or five pads of 100 sheets)

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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf WhatisSustainability.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf ReservoirGame.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf CycleofMaterials.pdf
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