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Global Sustainability Project   Tags: global_sustainability, sustainability  

Students will identify and research a Global Sustainability Topic and write a research Paper with in-text citations, and prepare a Multimedia presentation.
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Global Issues

To use, just type in a topic you want to search. If using this resource from home you will need to sign in using the MPS User ID and Password.



At its broadest level, environmental or global sustainability refers to Earth's ability to continue functioning in a manner that supports humans and other ecosystems. Sustainability includes a host of environmental, economic, and social issues. It is common to hear about sustainable agriculture, business, development, education, lifestyles, policies, and sustainability science. The United Nations Division for Sustainable Development lists more than forty different issues of current concern relating to sustainability, including atmosphere, climate change, demographics (population growth and structure), energy, international law, poverty, sanitation, and toxic chemicals.

Proponents of sustainability practices often promote three primary targets—the control of population growth; the adequate distribution, use, and care of resources; and changing patterns of consumption—as facets of developing and promoting sustainable ways of life.



  Information Search Process Model

  • Initiating a Research Assignment  
    Feelings, apprehensions and uncertainity
  • Selecting a Topic  
    Feelings: confusion, sometimes anxiety, brief elation, anticipation
  • Exploring Information  
    Description feelings: confusion, uncertainity, doubt, sometimes threat
  • Formulating a Focus  
    Feelings: optimism, confidence in ability to complete task
  • Collecting Information  
    Feelings: realization of extensive work to be done, confidence in ability to complete task, increased interest
  • Preparing to Present  
    Feelings: sense of relief, sometimes satisfaction, sometimes disappointment
  • Description

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