Our everyday choices have a direct impact on the future of the planet. As the population grows, so does the demand we put on the environment. Between January 1 and August 13, 2015, the global population used up all the resources the planet would produce for the whole year. We’re depleting forests faster than we can regrow them, and at current rates, world fishing populations are set to completely collapse by 2048.

With this level of consumption comes waste, pollution and the widespread destruction of habitats. Greenhouse gas emissions are predicted to increase by more than 50 percent by 2050. By then, air pollution will be the top environmental cause of premature death. Unless we improve our habits of consumption and waste, many of these changes will come in our lifetime.

  • Because of environmental damage, 40% of the world’s populations will live in water-stressed regions by 2050
  • ¼ of the planet’s coral reefs are already damaged beyond repair

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Download printer-friendly PDFs on the topic of diversity and inclusion. There is a separate lesson plan package for each of the following education levels: elementary, middle years and secondary.

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