Global Issues Worksheets
Students learn about global issues through project-based learning, where they research and prepare a presentation for class. These activities incorporate specific criteria to help guide their research.
Invite guest speakers from different cultures or countries to share their experiences and perspectives with the classroom. This helps build empathy and perspective-taking.
Environmental issues include air pollution, climate change, habitat destruction and depletion of natural resources. They affect human health and the sustainability of ecosystems worldwide. Some of these problems can also lead to conflict between nations over resources.
One of the most serious global environmental problems is global warming caused by greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels and clearing forests. This leads to rising temperatures which cause melting glaciers, rising sea levels, unnatural weather patterns, flash floods, hurricanes and desertification.
Another big problem is water scarcity which causes wars between nations over access to fresh water supplies. Overpopulation is causing strain on resources as well. Unsustainable farming practices like the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides harm the environment. The resulting soil degradation is destroying forests, contaminating drinking water and contributing to climate change. Each year more than 68 billion tons of topsoil is eroded at a rate 100 times faster than it can naturally be replenished.
Human Rights Issues
Human rights issues have been an issue in many countries throughout history and continue to be today. Some are universal, such as the right to education and freedom of speech. Others are more specific to the culture of an individual nation, such as the practice of female genital mutilation or the acceptance of certain criminal punishments.
The activities in this learning path encourage students to examine human rights issues in a way that is sensitive to the sensitivities of different cultures and societies. They also help the teacher to provide a framework for exploring these issues in a manner that does not lead to exploitation of the children in the class, but allows for active empowered engagement by them.
This pack consists of five lessons, which can be run as a scheme of work or taught independently. Each lesson includes teacher notes, lesson plans and student worksheets. Additional supporting resources, including a UN Security Council simulation and official and student-friendly versions of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, are included in the resource pack.
Poverty is a global issue that is caused by a variety of different factors. These include: a lack of access to food and housing, high unemployment rates, a lack of education opportunities and other social services, and discrimination against groups such as women, religious minorities, and racial minorities.
The most obvious reason for poverty is the inability to afford the basic necessities of life. The world’s poorest nations spend most of their resources on food, leaving little for other vital needs like health care, education and shelter. Food prices are often unpredictable, and when they rise, it’s difficult for people to keep up with the changes.
Other reasons for poverty include the impact of the environment on people’s ability to earn money, political instability, war and exploitation by powerful individuals or groups. Helping a person get out of poverty is often a matter of addressing one or more of these root causes.
Refugees face many challenges, including limited access to basic services. Poor living conditions can lead to physical and mental health problems. Pregnant women are often unable to receive antenatal care. Refugees are also vulnerable to infectious diseases, which may be caused by the COVID-19 pandemic or their arduous journeys. Many refugees are displaced for years without finding solutions to the underlying political crises that drove them from their homes. This is costly for host countries, but it is also damaging to refugees themselves, who must live on a pittance while struggling with hostile attitudes and difficult living conditions.
Refugees are people who have been forced to flee their country due to conflict, natural disasters, or severe political oppression. They have a right to asylum in the country that accepts them, and they must follow their host nation’s laws. However, a lack of resources, human traffickers, and social resistance make it challenging to provide refugees with the support they need.