How We See the Puzzle...
- Using the figure "How We See the Puzzle..." (below) as a handout or transparency, the educator should discuss the various facets of our natural resource dilemma with the students and present the facts.
- Students should be encouraged to view our role in nature as a protector or steward and the management of our shared natural
sources as a responsibility to be fostered rather than a product for exploitation.
- Our personal interests in, and dependency upon, particular aspects of any given resource is what makes this give and take process interesting and challenging. It is also what lends the "jigsaw puzzle" characteristics to the entire situation.
- It is important for the educator to present the facts with equanimity and untainted with personal bias. Perhaps the most useful approach is to use the following page as an overhead transparency and discuss with the students possible ways in which we can solve the puzzle of too many demands upon too few resources.
How We See the Puzzle in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin
- Agriculture & Dairy Farms are Necessary to Produce Food
- Best Management Practices can Yield Sustainable Timber Crops
- Money from Oil & Gas Exploration Generates Many Jobs
- Oil Companies are Conscientiously Developing Research Programs Which Minimize Environmental Damage
- Fisheries Management Can Actually
- Agriculture & Dairy Farms Affect Water Quality With Runoff
- Timber Harvesting Reduces Available Wildlife Habitat
- Oil & Gas Exploration Often Pollute Recreational Areas
- Oil & Gas Chemical Spills Reduce and Contaminate Seafood Harvests
- Overfishing Can Decimate Populations in Many Areas
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