Part 1: Guandong, China, and Southeast Asia
Part 2: Oregon and Pennsylvania
This workshop takes us to two very different geographic regions in order to investigate the relationship between the global economy and local ecology. In the first segment, we look to China and Southeast Asia in order to answer the question, "What are the human effects of an increasingly modern and global economy?" In the second half-hour, we focus on water as an element of local ecology in North America. There we explore controversies surrounding issues of conservation, allocation, and the unintended human effects on water resources.
In this program, we focus on globalization in the context of the geographical region of Asia. First, our case study takes us to Guangdong, where we see the effects of modernization and globalization on China's population. Later we visit a classroom where students use economic-development measures to examine the disparity in quality of life in Southeast Asia.
This workshop looks at the difficulties associated with limited water resources. First, our case study takes us to Oregon, where Native American fishing interests collide with farmers who divert water crucial to the salmon population for irrigating their potato crops. Later, we visit two Pennsylvania classes who take to the field to investigate the human effects on water resources in their communities.