Activity Introduction

Earth-Hour-sugarcane-farm-3-heroQuick summary: Students begin to think about the practical implications of climate change on food production specific to a familiar lunchbox staple, the humble banana. They will work through a series of linked literacy and numeracy activities to explore the impacts of climate change on Australia’s farmers. This lesson meets selected Australian Curriculum outcomes for Years 7 and 8 in the subjects of Science and Design and Technologies.

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 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 around Australia.
  • Students conceptualise the global climate change issue affecting life in their home country.

General capabilities: Numeracy, Critical and creative thinking, Personal and social capability, Ethical understanding

Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions

Year 7 & 8 Design and Technologies

  • Analyse how food and fibre are produced when designing managed environments and how these can become more sustainable (ACTDEK032)

Year 7 Science

  • People use understanding and skills from across the disciplines of science in their occupations (ACSHE224)

Year 8 Science

  • Science understanding influences the development of practices in areas of human activity such as industry, agriculture and marine and terrestrial resource management (ACSHE136)

Syllabus Outcomes: SC4-13ES.

Time needed: 60 minutes.

Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet.

Key words: Climate change, Earth Hour, impacts, future, farming.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Earth-Hour-farming-tractor-heroTeacher preparation

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 under threat from rising temperatures and more extreme wea

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Student Worksheet

bananas-heroThought starter: Mango trees can also get damaged in tropical cyclones, and the fruit can be sunburnt in hot weather.

Warm-up activity

Read the Bananas and climate change in Australia fact sheet and answer the questions below:

If you lost three quarters of your crop of bananas this year, what do you think would happen to your income?

Imagine all the banana plantation farmers in Innisfail (Queensland) lose most of their harvest this year. What do you think will happen to the price of bananas in stores?

Why might this happen to prices?

This scenario actually happened to banana farmers in and around Innisfail in 2006. Cyclone Larry wiped out between 80 and 90% of the banana crop that year. Larry was the most destructive cyclone to hit Queensland in a century. Banana prices increased by around 500%.

If one kilogram of bananas cost $2.00 in 2005 and they increased in price by 500% in 2006, how much would a kilogram of bananas cost after the increase?

What is the price of bananas

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