1.3 B - 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 explore the ecological consequences of societies living beyond the Earth's carrying capacity by exploring three ancient civilizations.


Either on your own or in teams, review one of the Societies Collapsed handouts, and brainstorm what you think the society in question could have done to avoid collapse. Next, use the to determine whether the city in which you live is in a biologically productive area of the world. World Mapper Biocapacity Data Map Share your reflections in the "Societies Collapsed" 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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