In this lesson, our instructor Bryan Cardella explains the six major themes in AP Environmental Science: human population growth, sustainability and carrying capacity, global issues and solutions, urbanization, people and nature, and science and ethics.
The six main themes of Environmental Science are human population growth, sustainability and carrying capacities, global solutions, urbanization, people’s relationship to nature, and ethics in science
Human population growth (especially over the last 60 years) has major effects on resources and future growth could be troubling with regard to carry capacity. Famine and food crises have occurred many times in the last 60 years
The objective with regard to resources and populations is sustainability. To achieve a sustainable global economy we need population control, restructured energy programs, economic planning, social/legal/political controls, and increased knowledge of our carrying capacity
The Gaia hypothesis is a revealing theory about how life has impacted Earth and vice versa
Urbanization is has become a ubiquitous problem worldwide. There has been a recent trend of more and more people moving into cities. Also, the number of megacities (like Tokyo) has increased. By 2015, Asia is projected to have the most megacities
People and nature impact one another in many ways. One of the crucial questions is: can we have a sustainable environment AND a sustainable economy?
In terms of ethics and our approach to these environmental science problems, there are intellectual standards to which we must abide. For instance, the Precautionary Principle tells use to be proactive rather than reactive. Some justifications for our actions/approach are: utilitarian, ecological, aesthetic, recreational, moral, and cultural
Major Themes in AP Environmental Science
Lecture Slides are screen-captured images of important points in the lecture. Students can download and print out these lecture slide images to do practice problems as well as take notes while watching the lecture.
This book includes a comprehensive review of the key AP Environmental Science concepts and targeted strategies for acing every section of the exam. Additionally, the book includes two full length practice tests with full answer explanations.
This book is an updated manual that offers a brand-new diagnostic test to pinpoint the test taker's strengths and weak areas, two full-length practice exams with all questions answered and explained, a detailed review of all test topics, supplemented with practice questions and quizzes with answers, an overview of the test plus helpful test-taking strategies, and hundreds of diagrams and illustrations .