Lesson 9: Today
Lesson at a glance
The transformation of your land division since the turn of the 20th century has left you where you are today. There have no doubt been changes in population—the numbers of people, new immigrants, and so forth. The land and sea may also have been changed through introduced species, plantation agriculture, or other changes in land use such as urbanization and paved roads.
This lesson focuses on the present. It prepares you for the final
Onwards lesson, where we explore how your community is looking towards the future.
Lesson Outcomes: You will:
Using population data for your entity, look at the population breakdown for your area with particular attention to the following categories:
Use graph paper to make a simple chart to show the structure of the population by age and sex, with females on one side and males on the other. This is called a "population pyramid" because there are generally a lot of little children, then fewer and fewer by age group as people die, with a much smaller number of very elderly. You can use whatever categories come with the data you have, or break into groups of five years (0-5, 6-10, 11-15, and so on).
Discuss what this information tells you about your community.
What unique species of birds, plants or mammals exist in your territory? Are there still plenty of them?
What pest species have been introduced to your territory? Why, when, and from where?
What efforts are underway in your entity to protect the environment? What can you do?
Either by yourself or with a partner or group, discuss what you think are the most pressing issues affecting your community today. These could be social, economic, cultural, political, environmental or whatever.
What changes brought about each issue?
How does each issue affect you and your community?
What do you think are the best solutions to each issue?
How would you go about implementing these solutions?
For each issue you have identified, search the internet to see whether other communities are dealing with the same issues. Most likely there are some, if not several. Look at what solutions they propose and discuss whether they would work for your community.
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