Protecting Earth’s Wildlife

Every day, wild habitats and the wildlife they support are threatened because of widespread human activity. In fact, only 17 percent of Earth’s surface remains untouched by human influence.

In this activity, students learn how a growing demand for natural resources endangers habitats and wildlife. Students select an issue to focus on and think critically to develop a list of actions that people could take to reduce or reverse this growing problem.

After this activity, students will be able to:

  • explain the cause-and-effect relationship between growing demands for natural resources and threatened habitats and wildlife
  • describe the threats to Western lowland gorillas or Okapi
  • create a list of action steps people can take to reduce or reverse the problem
  • present their work to the class

Find the full activity here: Protecting Earth’s Wildlife

For further discussion:

When students complete the activity, ask them to apply the same thinking for the animals below. Where do these animals live? What are the human impacts there? How might this human activity affect these animals?

2013-02-08_1529571   Subscriber-false   Marketing-true   Newsletter-false   RegYSNewsletter-false  MicroTransactions-false
Photograph by: Mike Wanini, MyShot
American Mink
American Mink
Photograph by: Ogun-Caglayan-Turkay
2013-01-16_1517224   Subscriber-false   Marketing-false   Newsletter-false   RegYSNewsletter-false  MicroTransactions-false
Photograph by: Prabir Kumar Bhattacharyya, MyShot
2008-10-31_0262048   Subscriber-false   Marketing-false   Newsletter-false   RegYSNewsletter-true  MicroTransactions-false
Photograph by: Jan Partin, MyShot


One thought on “Protecting Earth’s Wildlife

Leave a Reply