Technology Lesson 7 Environmental Costs of Technological Development
Technology Lesson 7 Environmental Costs of Technological Development

Students identify many of the technologies that have transformed the natural world as they have facilitated modern globalization.  They also learn about the environmental and public health costs of technology-intensive globalization.

Relevant Learning Objectives
2. Evaluate the geopolitical, social and environmental consequences of technology on society


Possible Classroom Activities


  • Building Footprints PowerPoint
  • Diamond, Jared. (2005). China, Lurching Giant. In Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (358-377). New York: Viking.
  • Easterbrook, Gregg. (2007 April). Global Warming: Who Loses- and Who Wins?. In The Atlantic. Retrieved from:
  • Global Warming: What’s Up With the Weather. (2007). United States: NOVA. [112 minutes]
  • Leslie, Jacques. (2000 July). Running Dry: What happens when the world no longer has enough freshwater?. In Harper’s Magazine, 37-52.
  • McNeill, J.R. (2000). Fuel, Tools, and Economics. In Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World. (296-324). New York: W.W. Norton.
  • Pauly, Daniel. (2009, September 28). Aquacalypse Now: The End of Fish. In The New Republic.
  • RX for Survival: Bird Flu: How Safe Are We?. (2005). United States: PBS. [56 minutes]
  • Technology Lesson 7 Powerpoint
  • Technology Land Development Instruction Sheet
  • The Last Oasis. Cadillac Desert. (1997). United States: PBS. [55 minutes, on building of large-scale dams around the world]
  • Wood, Graeme. (2009 July/August). Reengineering the Earth. In The Atlantic Monthly Retrieved from:

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