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Sustainability and Conservation Curriculum Resources
Using the Indigenous Maijuna's Amazon conservation story as a case study, our goal is to develop curriculum resources to engage K-12 students in grappling with complex real-world issues related to resource use, human rights, and conservation needs.
Examining Landscape Change
Students explore land use and land cover change at hotspots around the world, view satellite images to investigate deforestation in the Amazon, and use Google Earth to explore change over time in their home communities.
Treasuring the Amazon
Students become familiar with the value of the Amazon in supporting a vast diversity of species and an array of indigenous groups who have lived sustainably in the rainforest for thousands of years. They consider opposing worldviews, one in which the Amazon is protected as a world resource, and the other in which it is exploited for economic gain.
Investigating Ecosystem Services
Students explore the influence of the Amazon rainforest on global weather patterns, water cycling, carbon sequestration, and biodiversity and consider the impacts of deforestation. Applying these ideas to their own communities, they calculate the environmental and economic value of individual trees or designated amounts of tree cover where they live.
Aiming for Sustainability, in the Amazon and at Home
Students explore the “Triple Bottom Line” as a way of thinking about sustainability – balancing the need to protect the natural environment while ensuring economic vitality and healthy communities. They apply this construct to community-based conservation practices of the Maijuna people in the Peruvian Amazon. Finally, they consider sustainability as it relates to an issue of interest in their home community.
Calculating Ecological Footprints
Students experience the tragedy of the commons, then calculate their ecological and/or carbon footprints and consider ways in which they might be able to modify their lifestyles in order to have a smaller impact on the planet.
Exploring Food Choices
Students compare their day-to-day diets with those of people living in a relatively self-sufficient community in the Amazon rainforest. They consider ways to reduce the environmental footprint of American food choices, including reducing food waste and opting for sustainably produced products such as palm oil.