Quick summary: This lesson is designed to encourage empathy in students by getting them to consider the impact of climate change on food production. Through discussion, role play and the use of strategies including Edward De Bono’s ‘Thinking Hats’ and group role play, students will think about food production issues from various perspectives.
In 2016, Earth Hour will celebrate the places we love that make our outdoor lifestyle and the Aussie way of life so great. Our beaches, rivers, reefs, snow-capped mountains, farmland and national parks uniquely distinguish Australia as the “lucky country”. You can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register in Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 18th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 19th March 8:30-9:30pm.
- Students grasp the significance of climate change impacts upon food production in Australia
- Students conceptualise the global climate change issue affecting life in their home country
- Students work in groups to empathise with different people in the community
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding.
Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2, OI.5.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 Geography
- Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS053)
Year 8 Geography
- Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose, using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS061)
Year 9 Geography
- The challenges to food production, including land and water degradation, shortage of fresh water, competing land uses, and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world (ACHGK063)
- The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future population to achieve food security for Australia and the world (ACHGK064)
- Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms, selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose; using relevant geographical terminology, and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS070)
Year 10 Geography
- The human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
- Present findings, arguments and explanations in a range of appropriate communication forms selected for their effectiveness and to suit audience and purpose, using relevant geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS079)
Syllabus Outcomes: GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-5, GE4-8, GE5-7, GE5-8.
Time needed: 60 minutes
Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet, Earth Hour 2015 – climate change and food factsheet.
Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, future.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.