Sustainability

  • Define environmental sustainability.
  • Discuss how the natural environment is linked to sustainable development.
  • Describe the consumption habits of people in highly developed countries and relate consumption to carrying capacity.
  • Define poverty and briefly describe this global problem.
  • Discuss problems relating to loss of forests and declining biological diversity, including the important ecosystem services that these resources provide.
  • Describe the extent of food insecurity and identify at least two ways to increase food production sustainably.
  • Define the enhanced greenhouse effect and explain how stabilizing climate is related to energy use.
  • Describe at least two problems in megacities in the developing world and explain how these problems could be addressed.
  • Explain how consumption overpopulation threatens environmental sustainability.
  • Explain how sustainable consumption addresses the problem of consumption overpopulation.
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