Why do we refer to air, water, and sunlight as resources? Join host Cecil Washington Jr. and Atlanta food systems expert, Natasha Dyer, to find out in this Let's Go Enviro episode!

Segment A: Protecting Natural Resources

Segment A: Protecting Natural Resources

Why do we refer to air, water, and sunlight as resources? Join host Cecil Washington Jr. and Atlanta food systems expert, Natasha Dyer, as they discuss the part our resources play in sustaining modern cities.



Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to analyze human impact on natural resources.


Construct and revise a claim based on evidence on the effects of human activities on natural resources.

  • Human Activities
    • Agriculture
    • Forestry
    • Ranching
    • Mining
    • Urbanization
    • Fishing
    • Water use
    • Pollution
    • Desalination
    • Waste water treatment
  • Natural Resources
    • Land
    • Water
    • Air
    • Organisms

Explain how the increase of earth’s human population has affected natural resources.

Explain how supply and demand affect earth’s biogeochemical cycles.

Explain ways to recycle waste.

Explain how food waste impacts the environment.

compost: a mixture that consists largely of decayed organic matter and is used for fertilizing and conditioning land

conservation: the act of protecting Earth's natural resources for current and future generations

deforestation: the removal of a forest or stand of trees from land that is then converted to non-forest use

desertification: the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture

emission: the production and discharge of something, especially gas or radiation

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): United States federal government agency whose mission is to protect human and environmental health

equity: a country, or world, in which no single group or community faces disadvantages in dealing with environmental hazards, disasters, or pollution

food recovery: the practice of gleaning edible food that would otherwise go to waste from places such as farms, produce markets, grocery stores, restaurants, or dining facilities and distributing it to local emergency food programs

food waste: food that is fit for consumption but consciously discarded at the retail or consumption phases

genetically modified organism (GMO): an animal, plant, or microbe whose DNA has been altered using genetic engineering techniques

green revolution: great increase in production of food grains (especially wheat and rice) that resulted in large part from the introduction into developing countries of new, high-yielding varieties, beginning in the mid-20th century

landfill: a place to dispose of refuse and other waste material by burying it and covering it over with soil, especially as a method of filling in or extending usable land

microorganism: a microscopic organism, especially a bacterium, virus, or fungus