Activity Introduction

Earth-Hour-sugarcane-heroQuick 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.

earth-hour-160x160In 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.

Learning goals:

  • 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 OutcomesGE5-2, 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.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Earth-Hour-cows-dairy-heroTeacher preparation

You will need: Teachers should copy 6 student worksheets.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative which has grown into the world’s largest community-driven campaign for the planet. At the centre of the campaign is the symbolic collective action of switching off the lights. Through this action, individuals, businesses, schools and communities join a visible statement of commitment to act on climate change. Participation remains a powerful reminder to our political leaders that there is ongoing concern and demand for the government to act on climate change.

This year Earth Hour is shining the spotlight on the impact of climate change on the Places We Love. One of the things that makes Australia so great is the beautiful outdoor lifestyle we live. From beaches, rainforests and rivers, to snow-capped mountains, coral reefs and lakes, we have one of the most beautiful countries in the world. But the healthy, outdoors lifestyle we enjoy is

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Carrots are Australia’s most popular vegetable! Carrots don’t like hot weather so eventually we may only be able to grow them in Tasmania.

From Pasture to Plate: Food Production Empathy Task

Based on the perspective of ONE of the following profiles (assigned by your teacher), your group needs to answer the questions below. One or more scribes need to write down your group’s ideas. A class discussion will follow.   

Thinking-hats 

PROFILES: Read all of the profiles, then highlight the identity your group has been allocated. Think from the perspective of this person when answering the questions below. Answer questions (iii) to (v) using the particular Thinking Hat listed. All profiles can be either male or female.

Answer the following questions in your group:

(i) What are this person’s main goals or needs in terms of food? e.g. farmer relies upon food production for income

 (ii) What are some key problems this person might encounter? e.g. restaurateur thinks fresh fruit i

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