Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students learn how climate change is affecting our environment’s ability to feed the projected global population of the future sustainably. Students explore and report on more sustainable methods of feeding our growing population

Subjects: Geography.

Year Level: Year 9.

Topics: Climate change,Food.

Teaching Time: 60 minutes.


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: 

CommunicatingCritical ThinkingDigital Literacy

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: Year 9 Geography:

  • The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future global population (ACHGK064).

Syllabus outcomes: GE5-5.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

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

Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Lead students through discussion and support them in independent work.

Resources required:

  • A device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet – one per student
  • Student Worksheets – one copy per student.

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...

  • ... learn how climate change is affecting our ability to produce food.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain the way climate change is impacting crop growth in certain parts of the world
  • ... explain alternatives to the way we currently grow crops that are more sustainable.

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 challenges of climate change's potential effects on the planet.
In 2021-22, the IPCC released their sixth assessment report. This is the most up-to-date physical understanding of the climate system and climate change.
The repo
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Student Worksheet

Thought-starter: Increasing weather and climate extreme events have exposed millions of people to acute food insecurity - IPCC Sixth Assessment Report

Part 1: Read the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report's findings on future food security. Keep a note of the ways in which the IPCC anticipates climate change will affect our future food security.

Above 1.5°C global warming is increasing concurrent climate extremes, which will increase the risk of simultaneous crop losses of maize in major food-producing regions, with this risk increasing further with higher global warming levels. 

Increases in frequency, intensity and severity of droughts, floods and heatwaves, and continued sea-level rise will increase risks to food security. Small island states are disproportionately affected. Flood and drought-related acute food insecurity and malnutrition have increased in Africa and Central and South America. Increasing concurrence of heat and drought events are causing crop production losses and tree

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