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Bio36_01_EnvSciIntro - 2 4 5 7 11 13 14 Welcome to Biology...

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1 Welcome to Biology 36 Environmental Science Instructor: Dr. Teresa Friedrich Finnern [email protected] faculty.norcocollege.edu/friedrichfinnern 2 Overview Syllabus & course expectations Ch. 1: Science and the Environment – The State of the Planet – Environmental Science •The Environmental Movement – 3 Unifying Themes •Sound science •Sustainability •Stewardship – Moving Toward a Sustainable Future Syllabus – Environmental Science Office: Portable B 206 Office hours – M 7:40 - 8:40; Tu 12:45 - 1:45; TuTh 10:10 - 11:10; W 11:40 - 12:40 Office Phone – (951) 372-7012 Class time – Lab: M 8:45 - 11:55 a.m. in IT 128 – Lecture: MW 12:45 - 2:10 p.m. in IT 110 4 5 In-class Lecture Assignments You are required to use a Turning Technologies ResponseCard RF – For all in-class lecture assignments beginning Wednesday, September 7 th You are required to complete the MasteringEnvironmentalScience exercises – For every 4 chapters by the scheduled exam – You MUST have a Access Kit code – Exercises for Ch. 1 – 4 due September 14 th •Exercises for each chapter will take ~ ½ - 2 hours 7 In-class Expectations Study the lecture material IN ADVANCE! Lecture assignments – Complete & turn in at the end of every lecture. Online exercises – Must be completed before each scheduled exam. 11 Exercise 1 Think, Pair, Share – Think about the topic – Write down your ideas on a sheet of paper •Write your name & date at the top of your paper. Turn it in at the end of lecture. – Break into pairs – Share your ideas with your partner •What ideas are the same? Different? Topic: What is “environmental science”? Unsustainable Societies Example from the past: Easter Island – Forests cut – Soil eroded – Water degraded – Population crash 13 14
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2 – Population crash Lessons from Easter Island When societies do not care for the environment – Populations increase – Land & water cannot provide food for all – Disparity between haves & have-nots widens – Civilization collapses Other examples – Mayans, Greeks, Incas, and Romans – Future of Easter Island depends on Rapa Nui The State of the Planet 4 unhealthy global trends – Increasing population growth and its detrimental effects on human well-being – Decline of vital ecosystem services – Negative impacts of global climate change
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