1.3 A - Learning from the Past


No discussion of climate change would be complete without considering what could happen if we do not change our path to a more sustainable one. This activity explores the concept of the Earth's carrying capacity by exploring three ancient civilizations.


Either on your own or in teams, review one of the Societies Past handouts, and use clues in the text to predict the fate of the society in question. Share your reflections in the "Societies Past" discussion thread.

Learning Objectives

  • To understand the concept of carrying capacity.
  • To comprehend what can happen to civilizations that live beyond the carrying capacity of the natural environment.

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