“When are we ever gonna use this stuff?” That’s a common question teachers hear from students. We make you learn Algebra; if you become an engineer you might use it, but you probably won’t. We make you learn chemistry; if you become a doctor you might use it, but you probably won’t. It’s too bad there isn’t some subject we could teach you that you’d all use, one that’s really important for everyone to know about…

There is! It’s called Environmental Science. Over the next seven weeks we’ll be learning the science of the planet we live on, the most important science of all. In particular, we will be focusing on the following five issues:

1. Global Warming
2. Waste & Litter
3. Deforestation
4. Dirty Energy

5. Overpopulation

Today, students examined a group of twenty-five photographs, five photos related to each of the topics above. By sorting them into groups, we were able to come up with a name for each topic and also discuss how each category might be interconnected. Over the course of the next seven weeks, we’ll be studying each of the topics in depth. But first, we’ll be taking a page out of Garrett Hardin’s book (almost literally) and learning about why all of these problems occur. Buckle up. Tomorrow’s lesson is the most important lesson of the year.

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