The second page of infographics and images I created for the project "Viewing Sustainability through an Economics Lens: How to be Green While in the Black." This multi-year project was conducted through the Minnesota Council on Economic Education, through the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. The materials are intended for high school students and their teachers. 


Human-emitted carbon pollution has changed our climate, and it has many consequences. Already, we see more intense and frequent droughts, heat waves, storms, and floods; some have contributed to humanitarian crises and mass migrations. Climate change also amplifies current problems,  contributing to food and water shortages, accelerating conflict, and intensifying poverty (Kelly, 2016).


A simplified version of the graphic above, indicating the major impacts of climate change.


A classic examination of the core components of sustainability,   which include society, economy, and ecology. 


Human population is increasing to an incredible 9.7 billion by 2050, and we will require a 50% increase in food production to feed everyone! We can see feeding our world population as goal number one. However, we need to feed everyone while simultaneously protecting our planet. So our second goal is for planetary health and stability.

To provide for a population of 9.7 billion, food production would need to increase from the current 8.4 billion tons to almost 13.5 billion tons a year. We need to produce this food while being mindful of several significant planetary concerns that are especially affected by agriculture: the loss of forests, biodiversity, soil health, nitrogen and phosphorus pollution, and climate change.