HL Case Studies: Environment

Earth Day

April 22nd is earth day. The date marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement which began in 1970. According to to the Earth day Network "Protest was in the air. Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protests and civil rights movements."

  • What do you know about the origins of Earth Day?

  • Why do you think it might have been started?

  • When it comes to the environment, what issues are you most concerned about?

  • Can you name any environmental activists? or environmental groups?

We will explore these questions through a reading and by watching a report on a documentary called "Fierce Green Fire" which tells the history of Earth Day.


Environmental Racism

Coined in the 1980s, the term environmental racism refers to the disproportionate exposure of blacks to polluted air, water and soil. It is considered the result of poverty and segregation that has relegated many blacks and other racial minorities to some of the most industrialized or dilapidated environments. 


In this lesson,  we will learn about water crisis in Flint Michigan and use it as case study on environmental racism.  

The Story of Stuff

From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view.


By watching a documentary on the five steps in the materials economy (extraction, production, distribution, consumption and disposal), we will learn about the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, including globalization and climate change, and calls us together to think about how our own consumption habits impact on the planet.

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