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Megacities in the Asia/Pacific Region: Focusing on Their Environmental Impact
Comprehensive Unit

Grade Level

Secondary - Community College


1997 (141 pages)


Hardcover $49.95

The purposes of this unit are to introduce students to several megacities in Asia and to use these cities as examples for understanding the ecological concerns a megacity raises for its surrounding environment. Six lessons cover the following topics: air quality, energy resources, water resources, waste management, general effects of urbanization, and sustainability of megacities. In studying these issues affecting megacities, students will gain the skills necessary to understand the environmental problems associated with not only cities of millions of people but smaller communities as well.

Unit Goals

In this curriculum unit, students will:

  • learn about the geography of Asia and the Pacific
  • learn about the formation of megacities and their importance to industrialization in developing countries
  • learn about the major environmental problems facing Asia
  • examine how air pollution from one megacity can cross international borders and affect other countries
  • understand energy needs and the pollution caused by the conversion of energy resources to industrial and domestic uses
  • examine characteristics of high- and low-energy use societies
  • gain an understanding of the multifaceted issue of water pollution
  • learn to evaluate waste management options critically
  • examine the significance of urbanization on the environment of Asia
  • consider some of the roles and concerns of key actors involved with environmental issues
  • consider the major underlying causes of environmental degradation
  • consider solutions to reducing environmental degradation
  • develop a sense of personal, national, and international responsibility for the environment
  • understand the impact of population growth on environmental pollution
  • learn to think critically and make informed opinions
  • evaluate policy issues
  • interpret statistics and graphical information
  • work effectively in small and large groups

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