Transformation of the Biosphere: Human Health
Did you know only 10 percent of people in rural Madagascar have access to safe drinking water? Or that Africa has the worst infant mortality rate? Take a global look at important health issues.
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This online PDF presentation complements the information in the museum’s Hall of Biodiversity. With a focus on human health, it contains the following five pages:
- an overview of the benefits of biodiversity and the risks we face with its decline
- a world map that shows the percentage of urban and rural populations with access to safe drinking water
- a world map that shows the percentage of urban and rural populations with access to sanitation services
- a world map that shows the percentage of malnourished children under the age of five
- a world map that show infant mortality and life expectancy
Less than 1 period
Supplement a study of biodiversity or ecology with an activity drawn from this online presentation.
- Ask students if they think biodiversity affects human health. Why or why not?
- Share the information in the introductory slide with the class.
- Divide the class into four groups (one for each of the slide show’s world maps). Give each group a printout of its map.
- Have the groups select the two areas (countries or continents) on their map that have the highest and lowest percentage rates.
- Have them research these two areas, looking for the ways biodiversity or the lack of it contributes to the statistics, and then report their findings to the class.