Measuring Trends in Consumption and Ecological Footprint
This page introduces the patterns of global consumption of resources, focusing specifically on trade and energy through a 3D animation on trade and a number of graphs and maps supported by a student worksheet. Students then go on to explore the use of ecological footprint at the national scale through a case study on Switzerland. They look at both the advantages and shortfalls of ecological footprint before discussing the complexity of its use at the global scale as well as in the context of the broader definition of sustainable development.
Lesson Time: 1 Hour
- To describe and explain the global patterns of resource consumption through a variety of measurements
- To describe consumption through the use of ecological footprint at varying scales.
Watch the following animation showing global trade. You may want to watch two times to identify the patterns and answer the following questions:
- Identify the regions most involved in global trade
- Identify the regions least involved with global trade
- Describe the pattern of trade in Europe and China