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Knowledge: Community Evaluation Topics
Arrow Introduction
  Find out how your lifestyle affects the planet. Take an Ecological Footprint Quiz and learn how many Earths would be needed if everybody lived like you.
Arrow Directions:
  Divide into small groups and research answers to one of the following community evaluation topics. Write your answers on a separate piece of paper.
Arrow Survey:
Arrow Water, Land, Air

What are the streams, rivers, lakes, or oceans that pass through or have a connection to your community?

2. Rate your waterways using this scale of 1 to 10 (1 being very polluted/floating trash and 10 being crystal clear).This can be based on visual observation of the waterway or on more detailed water-quality tests.

Where does your drinking water come from?

4. Are there any sources of human pollution along your waterways? What type?
5. Where do your storm drains empty?

What are the major types of rock in your area? Is the soil sandy, rocky, or full of organic material?

7. What are the predominant landforms in your area (mountains, hills, plains)?

Are there any sources of soil pollution in your area? Learn more about soil quality.


Is there a litter problem in your community (do you see trash in the streets, gutters, or along roadsides)?


Have you noticed air pollution in your area? Does the air ever appear hazy or do you have trouble breathing? Do you notice any strange smells in the air from unnatural sources? Find out about the Air Quality Index.

Arrow Plants
1. What are the common plants growing in your area? For help identifying species, you can consult an on-line field guide.
2. Are the plants affected at all by human or animal activity? How? Is the effect positive or negative?

Are there non-native species of plants that humans have brought to your community? Are these plants helping or harming your local environment?


Are there any rare, threatened, or endangered plant species living in your area?

Arrow Animals
1. What are the common animals found in your neighborhood? Make separate lists for birds, reptiles, insects, amphibians, mammals, and fish. For help identifying species, you can consult an on-line field guide.
2. How do the animals and humans in your community interact? Is the interaction positive or negative? In what way?
3. Do you have animals living with you at home? What kinds? Are they pets or are they involved in a family business (farming)?

Are there any rare, threatened, or endangered animal species living in your community?

5. Is there a high or low diversity of animal species in your area? (Diversity is the number of different kinds of species living in one place.) Learn more about diversity in your biome.
Arrow People
1. What do you like most about living in your community?
2. What do you like least?
3. What, in your opinion, are the top 5 problems for the people in your community?
4. Do any of these problems concern the relationship between humans and nature? If not, are there any major problems with the interactions between humans and the plants, animals, and environment in your community?
5. What are your biggest hopes for your community?
6. Are there any groups of people in your community who have a difficult time living? What are some of the reasons for these difficulties?
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