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Introductory Activity One: Conservation
Introductory Activity Two: Defining Desertification

Learning Activity One: Clean Water
Learning Activity Two: Geography & Climate

Learning Activity Three: Africa Through Art & Literature
Learning Activity Four: Activism & The Media

Learning Activity Five: Broadcasting the News

Introductory Activity One: Conservation Issues

In this activity, students will use their prior knowledge and share experiences regarding conservation issues.
    1. Have students brainstorm about the conservation issues facing their immediate society. Have them think about recent news stories related to water, power, agriculture and forestry. Write their ideas on a board.

    2. Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a specific conservancy issue. Use the following categories:
    • Group One: Electricity

    • Group Two: Water

    • Group Three: Oil (petroleum)

    • Group Four: Forests
    Have students consider the following questions in their groups:

      What are the individual, social, and environmental factors surrounding the conservation of these resources?
      What are the short-term and long-term consequences to non-conservancy of these resources?

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Introductory Activity Two: Defining Desertification

The purpose of this activity is to give students an understanding of the complexity of defining the issue of desertification.

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