Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

The Great Squeeze: Saving the Human Planet

Academic journal article The American Biology Teacher

The Great Squeeze: Saving the Human Planet

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The Great Squeeze: Saving the Human Planet (DVD, 2009, Tiroir A Films Productions, 67 minutes)

This DVD allows the viewer to explore the major ecological and geopolitical problems that the planet Earth and the human population face in the 21st century. The multiple environmental crises, climate change, resource depletion, and species extinctions are explained by respected scientists, economists, and anthropologists, including Edward O. Wilson, Lester Brown, Alexandra Cousteau, and others. Their critical assessments of Earth's situation are very effectively presented and easy to follow. I felt that the piece on water depletion was especially powerful.

The DVD is appropriate for grades 5-12 and would also be a great resource in an AP environmental science class. The strength of this film for education is the way it is broken down into subthemes, such as A Depleting World; The Emerging Crisis; Climate Change and Global Economy; A Stressed Ecosystem; Warnings From The Past; The Great Change; Coming Together; and The Conclusion. …

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