Health and Environmental Awareness
website that teaches about how countries can work together
to address health and environmental issues (i.e. to protect natural
resources, eliminate world hunger, promote better healthcare access,
Read rules and instructions.
B. Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to list examples
of ways countries are working together to address health and
Students will be able to describe the
impact their behaviors have on the environment and take individual action for positive change.
C. Discussion Questions:
These discussion questions are provided to
introduce the topics global
health and environmental issues.
What worldwide environmental issues are most compelling
Why does the environmental policy of
one country affect others?
What can individual citizens do to help protect the
What does the term, "Think globally, act locally" mean?
What is being done about air and water quality where
What natural resources exist where you live and in your
What resources must your country import from elsewhere?
What are some of the medical and health concerns in
your country? Are these issues of concern in other countries?
How do health issues in other countries affect citizens
in your country?
How is the topic of hunger addressed in the your
country and in other countries around the world?
How are people with disabilities helped in your
Develop a questionnaire/survey to
determine the most world's most environmentally conscientious
companies. Discuss the results. Decide on an
appropriate award or presentation for that company or business.
Elected officials at all levels make
decisions that impact the environment. Call or write them to find out what they are doing
to preserve and protect the environment.
Find out about international efforts to
control disease and promote health.
Research opposing views on the topics
you are interested in.
Talk with local groups who are focusing
on health and environmental issues and find out about their work.
List the various programs at your
school and community that deal with the environment. Explain the background of these
Explain how people in your community
have changed in regard to environmental awareness. Find an older person who has lived in
your area prior to 1960 and develop a "The Way Things Used to Be" experience
Investigate how waste produced in our
homes and schools--trash, hazardous materials, sewage, urban run-off and litter--impacts
Check with your community and/or city
council to find out what development plans are being made and how they will affect the
If possible, arrange for the class to
visit the nearest landfill. Call the site in advance to request an official guide. If this
is not possible, arrange for an official to visit the class to present key information
about modern landfills.
Brainstorm with the class a list of
questions related to the effects of poor trash disposal on the health and life spans of
people during specific periods in history and in specific geographical locations, such as the Middle
Ages in Europe.
Review web projects created by past
Doors to Diplomacy participants.
F. Related Resources