Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this activity students explore the relationship between human population growth and natural resource constraints. Students look at the use of water, food and energy in Australia, Britain, China, India, Africa and USA and calculate the productive bio-capacity for each of these countries. Students are asked to create map overlays as a way of presenting their data.

Learning goals:

  • Students recognise the relationship between human populations and natural resources.
  • Students understand that there are limited natural resources to support a growing human population.
  • Students recognise that different countries use natural resources in different ways.
  • Students begin to appreciate that population growth is a complex and contentious issue.

Australian Curriculum content description:

Year 9 Geography

  • The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future population to achieve food security for Australia and the world (ACHGK064)
  • The effects of the production and consumption of goods on places and environments throughout the world and including a country from North-East Asia (ACHGK068)
  • 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)
  • Reflect on and evaluate the findings of the inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS071)

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)
  • Reflect on and evaluate the findings of the inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS080)

Syllabus OutcomesGE5-5, GE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-8

Topic: The Earth Wins

Time required: 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity

Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet.

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, infographic creation.

Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for homework or extension.

Keywords: Population, resources, water, food, energy, global, biocapacity.

 

This lesson was created in collaboration with Helifilms to support learning from the film.

Would you like to bring your class to see The Earth Wins? It’s now available ‘on-demand’ to teachers across Australia. To register your interest, simply email [email protected], mention how many students you’re likely to bring and your ideal date/time for a screening. We’ll look into bringing The Earth Wins to a cinema close to you… wherever you may be in Australia.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher preparation:

Overarching learning goal: In this activity students explore the relationship between human population growth and natural resource constraints. Students look at the use of water, food and energy in Australia, Britain, China, India, Africa and USA and calculate the productive bio-capacity for each of these countries. Students are asked to create map overlays as a way of presenting their data.

Teacher content information: This activity draws on concepts and footage from the film; The Earth Wins.

Click here to visit The Earth Wins website.

Student and classroom organisation:

Step 1. Begin this activity by asking students to consider the following statements and question:

  • Humans require a set amount of natural resources to be healthy and strong.
  • The Earth also needs access to natural resources in order to provide a healthy and sustainable environment.
  • Human populations are growing across the globe and demanding more and more natural resources.
  • What do humans
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Student Worksheet

What is the relationship between population and resource use?

Step 1. Watch the clip below:

Overpopulation - The More the Merrier? from Rixt Singelsma on Vimeo.

Step 2. The class is divided into four groups with each group assigned one of the following points to research: water; energy; population; and food. Each group needs to decide on how they will represent the data they find. For example, food may be represented as calories while water may be represented as gigalitres. Will you represent your data per country or per capita?

Working in your groups, complete the following table for the issue you are investigating:

World resource use

Country

The issue we are investigating

USA

China

Britain

Africa

India

Australia

 

Step 3. Once complete come together as a class to complete the following table:

World resource use

 

Country

Population

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