Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students consider the consequences of urbanisation and how urbanisation can negatively affect environmental quality, especially in relation to the destruction of the sacred sites of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and the climate. Students explore the concept of Kanyini and consider whether respecting and protecting nature is a top priority in today’s society.

Subjects: Geography

Year Level: Year 8

Topics: Climate Change, Sustainability

Teaching Time: 60 minutes

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Climate Change Solutions.


Cool would like to thank the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation for generously supporting the development of these lessons.


21st-century skills: 

CommunicatingCreative ThinkingCritical ThinkingCultural Understanding

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: Year 8 Geography:

  • Causes and consequences of urbanisation, drawing on a study from Indonesia, or another country of the Asia region (ACHGK054)

Syllabus outcomes: GE5-2, GE5-3

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priorities: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Sustainability.

Relevant parts of Year 8 Geography achievement standards: Students explain interconnections within environments and between people and places and explain how they change places and environments. They compare alternative strategies to a geographical challenge, taking into account environmental, economic and social factors.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Support students in independent work. 

Resources required:

  • Art supplies – coloured pencils and textas, paints
  • A device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • White paper – A3 in size.

Related Professional Development: If you’re interested in learning more about how to approach challenging topics around climate change and sustainability in your classroom through a Hope and Optimism lens, consider our PD course.

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


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... consider the consequences of urbanisation and how urbanisation can negatively affect environmental quality

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... cite examples of urbanisation negatively impacting the sacred sites of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders 
  • ... define the concept of Kanyini
  • ... educate audiences, through a piece of art, how urbanisation negatively impacts the environment in a variety of ways
  • ... educate audiences, through a piece of art, how Kanyini can positively impact the environment

Teacher content information:


The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. It was created to:

  • provide policymakers (governments) with regular scientific updates about climate change;
  • highlight the impact climate change will have on the planet in the future; and,
  • offer some ideas about how to tackle the
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