United Nations Environmental Summit
Students apply physical/natural principles to analyze and solve real-world problems.
Students develop an understanding of the impact that environmental science has on society.
Students evaluate society's dependence on Earth resources, the interaction between human activities and the natural environment, and the geological hazards faced by many communities.
Higher order thinking skills goals
Application and synthesis of ideas
Evaluating information and analyzing data
Exploring relationships between issues
Other skills goals
Searching the web
Use of technology
Presentation and communication
Context for Use
Type and level of course
I typically use this in an introductory environmental geology course for non-majors
Skills and concepts students should have mastered
Students must understand the geologic concepts of plate tectonics, natural hazards (how and why they occur and how humans exacerbate the hazard), resources, climate change (natural and anthropogenic) and sustainability. Students must understand the concept of earth system science to show linkages between and the interdependence of Earth's systems.
How the activity is situated in the course
I use this as a culminating final project as students must take everything that they have learned throughout the semester and apply it to a real world situation.
Description and Teaching Materials
In addition, the UN wants to inform and appeal to a younger crowd, raising the awareness of some of these hot topic issues. So they are working with YouTubers to create Epic Song Battles of the Environment.
Student Handout for UN Environmental Summit and Epic Song Battle (Acrobat (PDF) 93kB Apr27 17)