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Ecosystems and Indigenous Peoples of the World


The debate over environmental issues has the power to divide communities and continues to dominate the media. Everyday we are bombarded with claim and counterclaim about our society's impact on various ecosystems and the long term effect to the environment. To understand this debate it is essential that young people firstly understand what an ecosystem is.

Environmental Geography

  • Introduces students to the idea of an ecosystem and through exercises and activities, identifies various types of ecosystems, examines how they function, and how humans interact with them.

    The interaction of Indigenous cultures with their environment is treated in depth, giving students an insight into traditional lifestyles and the problems and issues faced by these cultures in the modern world. Each module is broken down into individual worksheets which can form the basis of a classroom lesson or home study exercises. Through these exercises, students will gain skills in map making, and using tables, graphs and diagrams to illustrate their research.

    These exercises enable students to become actively involved in the learning process and encourage awareness and independent thinking relevant to environmental issues. A comprehensive teachers' guide with answers and suggested outcomes and a list of internet resources is also included.

    The seven modules of the book are:

    • Living with Nature
    • Peoples of the Planet
    • What's around us?
    • Contemporary, geographical and Indigenous
    • Community issues and management strategies
    • Individual action
    • Scavenger hunt


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