Human Impact on the Environment


Human Impact on the Environment is a collection of resources that shows real-world effects of our actions on the environment. The collection supports teachers who wish to integrate environmental education into existing Life and Earth Science curricula.

For resources that directly explain the science behind climate change see the Clue into Climate and Climate Literacy collections.

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    Climate Change Threatens a Nicaraguan Community

    Learn how climate change is impacting Edelsin Mendez’s community of coffee farmers in this video from FILMS BYKIDS: “My Beautiful Nicaragua.” Edelsin, a 12-year-old filmmaker, tells the story of how her family and community’s livelihood is threatened by a fungus, roya, that attacks coffee plants. The background essay in the support materials provides further details about the history and life cycle of the fungus and how climate change is creating a roya crisis in Central America.

    Additional support materials are available, including discussion questions and teaching tips. For more environmental education resources, visit the Human Impact on the Environment collection.

    Grades: 4-11
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    Conserving Non-Renewable Resources

    Learn why it is important to be careful when using non-renewable resources in this video from CYBERCHASE. Students discover that most electricity currently comes from burning gas, oil, and coal, which are all resources that cannot be replaced once they are consumed. Refer to the accompanying discussion questions, renewable energy coloring book from Solar1, and teaching tips for ideas on using this video with students and to help them consider ways to use electricity wisely.

    For more environmental education resources, visit the Human Impact on the Environment collection.

    Grades: K-3
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    Thermal Pollution: Warmer Temperatures Can Hurt Fish

    Learn how changes in temperature affect fish in this video from CYBERCHASE. The background essay in the support materials section explains how changing temperatures threaten our oceans. Discussion questions and teaching tips, also in the support materials, provide ideas for using the video with students. For more environmental education resources, visit the Human Impact on the Environment collection.

    Grades: K-3

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