Transformation of the Biosphere: Population and Consumption
Would you believe that the U.S., Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Asia consume more than 85 percent of the world's energy? Take an eye-opening look at consumption.
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This presentation, available online as a printable PDF, shows that consumption rates are not necessarily tied to population rates. It contains the following five pages:
- an overview of how the consumption of resources is not evenly distributed around the globe
- a world map that shows municipal waste generation in the late 1980s
- a world map that shows per capita commercial energy consumption in the early 1990s, along with the regional share of world energy consumption
- a world map that shows per capita paper consumption in 1988
- a world map that shows protein consumption per capita in 1990
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Supplement a study of biodiversity or ecology with an activity drawn from this online presentation.
- 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 research the population of the countries/regions shown in their map and then create a poster that compares consumption to population in a bar graph.