This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and skills relating to environmental science that will help them succeed in life after secondary school. Students will explore a range of topics, including the role of science in addressing contemporary environmental challenges; the impact of the environment on human health; sustainable agriculture and forestry; the reduction and management of waste; and the conservation of energy. Students will increase their scientific and environmental literacy and examine the interrelationships between science, the environment, and society in a variety of areas.
Prerequisite: Grade 10 Science, Applied or Academic (SNC2D)
- Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Challenges
- Current environmental issues are complex, and may involve conflicting interests or ideas.
- Scientific knowledge enables people to make informed decisions about effective ways to address environmental challenges.
- Human Health and the Environment
- Environmental factors can have negative effects on human health.
- It is possible to minimize some of the negative health effects of environmental factors by making informed lifestyle choices and taking other precautions.
- Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry
- Modern agricultural and forestry practices can have positive and negative consequences for the economy, human health, and the sustainability of ecosystems, both local and global.
- Reducing and Managing Waste
- Well-thought-out waste management plans help to sustain ecosystems, locally and globally.
- By making informed choices, consumers can reduce the amount or alter the nature of the waste they produce.
- Conservation of Energy
- The impact of energy production and consumption on environmental sustainability depends on which resources and energy production methods are used.