Going, Going Gone: Natural Resource Depletion

Published on September 20, 2022 by

Every now and then, we come across reports about water scarcity, gas shortages, and diminishing minerals. These reports are alarming us that natural resources are in danger of disappearing. In this video, Miguel Almaguer will explain the issue at hand. The raw materials that come from nature are critical for our survival. When there is shortage of some natural resource, the resulting effects on the environment are quite prominent. This video features two such case studies: effects of loss of pine trees on water supply and carbon balance in Colorado, and the effects of severe draught in California. How can we help in this situation? We can use the 3R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle to slow down the depletion of natural resources.

This video satisfies the 4-ESS3-1 requirement of fourth-grade science proficiency.

Students who demonstrate understanding can: 4-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.

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