Chapter Four


How do you make a good decision? How do you take unorganized information and place it in a logical order?

Part One

👩🏻‍🏫 Lesson Media – Focus

Hot Takes

Ken Wu

Ken Wu is the former Executive Director and co-founder of the Ancient Forest Alliance. He has worked to protect ancient forests in BC for...

Jon Mobeck

Jon is the executive director of The National Loon Center and has built a career working to protect biodiversity through community-centred conservation. Jon has...

Reflection Activity

  • Option One: Create a short comic strip that relates to the lesson media.
  • Option Two: Listen to a podcast related to the theme media and come up with three questions you would ask them. Now try to find answers to those questions.

Further Exploration

Part Two

The following activities will help introduce you to the concepts throughout the chapter. Your teacher will direct you to the activities to complete below.

Thought Experiment

Are local or national solutions more impactful? How do you work with people that have different views? Let's test out what works best.

Framing Your Report

How do you organize your idea and start gathering support for your idea?

Setting Your Story

Brainstorm how to answer your better question you created in the previous chapter. What steps would you take to reach your goal? *Manditory

From the Sorted Library

Additional Resources

From the Sorted Library

Part Three

How does doing good research relate to you?

It’s important to understand the many sides to a story and to empathize with the challenges that decision makers face. That’s why we talked with Kerry Bowman. He’s an ethicist who is the first call for complex, end-of-life decision-making. He’s a specialist in cross-cultural health care delivery. He’s an expert in genetics, genomics, cloning-animal ethics and emerging medical technologies. Oh, and in his off time, he travels to the depths of the Amazon and jungles of the Congo to help remote tribes deal with endangered species poaching. He’s even had to swim across lakes to cross borders in order to escape danger. Dr. Kerry Bowman is, quite simply, the most interesting man in the world. And he discusses why it’s important to empathize with others and focus on what really matters.

This podcast is featured across all 5 subjects here on Nature Labs. We’re going to show you throughout this unit how each subject links to one another. You might not like art, or science, or English, or social studies – but hey – they are all related. Let’s find out!

  • Is it ethically responsible to allow some species to go extinct because we don’t have the resources to save them all?
  • If we try to save everything, what happens if we spread our resources too thinly and we end up losing more species at risk?
  • Should we play God? And who, at the end of the day, gets to play God?
  • What factors do we consider when deciding what species to save?
  • What are the social, cultural, economic and biological ramifications of these decisions?
  • If we’re responsible for species going extinct, should we not be working to bring back life already lost?
  • Ethically, should we focus on returning what’s missing from the landscape, in the hopes that we can repair the systems that, in being broken, might be costing other creatures their lives?

Theme Media

🧍🏽🧍🏿‍♀️/👩🏾‍💻 WATCH: Select the ONE theme you’d like to learn though. You don’t need to explore them all, just choose the one that interests you the most. The theme you choose will help guide you through the entire unit as you explore one of the following concepts: Economics, Resources, Ethics, Stewardship or Land-Use. Your teacher will decide if you are working on your own or in groups.

Theme 1: Economics

Save the economy to save nature or save nature to save the economy?

Theme Three: Ethics

Should individuals matter in conservation?

Theme 2: Resources

Endangered Species: A question of resources.

Theme Four: Stewardship

Are we killing nature with kindness?

Theme 5: Land-Use

Land Use: Does Nature Need Half?

Unit completion


Chapter One

Introduction to Research

Chapter Five

Storytelling Process

Chapter Nine

Debate and Peer Review

Chapter Two

Framing & Core Elements

Chapter Six


Chapter Ten

Your Vision 2.0 & Mentorship

Chapter Three

Gaps in Knowledge

Chapter Seven

Opinion vs Fact & Identifying Bias

Chapter Eleven

This Unit and Your Future

Chapter Four

Brainstorming to Focus

Chapter Eight

Communication and Consultation

Chapter Twelve

The Pitch