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Over-population Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Over-population. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

Development Education Program: Bringing Sustainable Development into the Classroom
This set of learning modules from the World Bank is intended for secondary students in geography, social studies, environmental studies, history, economics, international studies, and current affairs classes. There are two main goals: 1) to increase students' knowledge and understanding of the often complex relationship between sustainable development and the social, economic, and environmental conditions in a country; 2) to strengthen students' ability to perform statistical calculations, to make and interpret maps, charts, and tables; to analyze and synthesize information to make inferences and generalizations; and to think critically when analyzing information, making decisions, and solving problems. Teaching guides accompany each module.

Encarta Lesson Collection: Close Quarters
This lesson plan is intended for grades 4-10 and integrates Internet resources within it. Select "Geography" on the Encarta Lesson Collection page to find it. At the time of review, the lesson was on page #2.

KZPG Over Population News Network
Links to several years of front page articles on population plus other resources both at this site and elsewhere.

Learning for a Sustainable Future: Classroom Activities
"Learning for a Sustainable Future is a Pan-Canadian nonprofit organization whose mandate is to work with educators from across Canada to integrate the concepts and principles of sustainable development into the curricula at all grade levels." See the Manitoba and New Brunswick curricula for tips and strategies for integrating sustainable development into various curricula. For example, the New Brunswick Biology and Environmental Science course has specific references to population.

The author of this site argues that people who have been predicting an impending human catastrophe brought on by population growth are wrong.

Paul Ehrlich and The Population Bomb
A site dedicated to the examination of the ideas espoused by Paul Ehrlich linking overpopulation to a wide range of global problems. Included in the section "Teacher Tools" are a number of lessons and activities.

Planet Earth: Almost 6 Billion Served
On October 12th,1999, we marked a world population of 6 billion people. It's not about numbers, it's about people. This site has a population counter, web links, articles and a United Nations Population Briefing Kit in English, French and Spanish.

[The] Population Institute
News articles, papers, a listserv, and a newsletter about over-population.

Population Reference Bureau
Check out their Educational Materials for online lesson plans and other resources. Also, they have lots of data available in their "Publications" section including reasonably current population statistics.

Population Studies Centre: Resources on the Internet
A meta-list of links from the University of Michagan to resources on population.

Supporting Materials: Population
This page serves as a resource page for a University Geography course. It consists of a set of links to WWW population resources (a meta-list). In addition to some general statistics (e.g., world population), there are links to very specific indicators from specific countries (e.g., birth/death rates; India, China).

[The] United Nations CyberSchoolBus: Global Trends
Available here are regional and global data, presented in the form of charts and graphs, on trends in population, food and agriculture, and health.

United Nations: Economic and Social Development: Population
Links to UN departmental resources dealing with population issues, including their Population Information Network (Popin).

World Resources
Hosted by the World Resources Institute, this site (World Resources 1996-97) "is an authoritative primary reference volume on global environmental and natural resource conditions and trends for the United Nations, World Bank, and related international organizations." They have an entire chapter on population issues.

ZPG Online (Zero Population Growth)
ZPG is a grassroots organization concerned with the impact of rapid population growth and its impact on air and water pollution, deforestation, wildlife extinction, and climate change.

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