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Impacting the Environment

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When the first space probes were launched several decades ago, observers back on earth were astonished to learn that the crews were able to spot the Great Wall of China from space! To be sure, we humans have left our mark on the planet in the great cities and architectural wonders we have built. Unfortunately, the legacy of modern technology has a dark side. This can be seen in acid rain, smog-choked air, contaminated water, and other global ills stemming from waste and pollution. Although efforts have been made worldwide to reverse these conditions, a lot of work remains to be done if we are to rescue our planetary home for future generations.

Try This: Saving the planet is everyone's responsibility. Are you ready to answer the call? If you are, begin by clicking on the button that prints out your worksheet. Next, form an alliance with several classmates and begin educating yourselves on key environmental issues by visiting the sites listed below. Some of the sites include information about programs and projects being undertaken at the community, national, and international levels to protect the environment and maintain the fragile balance of nature. For instance, you might find local chapters at the Surfrider site. Use these ideas as a jumping-off point to help you brainstorm an environmental problem either at home or abroad that your team can work on. Once you have selected a problem, use the worksheet to help you formulate a plan of action.

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The Health of Our Oceans and Coastlines
Air Quality and Pollution
Conserving Natural Resources
Water Quality and Pollution
Maintaining the Global Balance

 


   
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