Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students consider their responsibilities for combating climate change to protect people’s right to live, amongst other actions. They develop a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities to encourage people to take sustainable actions. 

Subjects: Civics and Citizenship.

Year Level: 7.

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: 

Creative ThinkingEmpathyGlobal CitizenshipLeadership  

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: Year 7 Civics and Citizenship:

  • How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a ‘fair go’, can promote cohesion within Australian society (ACHCK052)

Relevant parts of the Year 7 Civics and Citizenship achievement standards: Students explain the diverse nature of Australian society and identify the importance of shared values in promoting a cohesive society.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – Lead discussions with students, and support them in independent work and thinking.

Resources required:

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...

  • ... develop a sense of global responsibility

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... debate whether individuals have a responsibility to protect the human rights of others
  • ... consider whether people's right to life is threatened by climate change inaction
  • ... create a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities.

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 c

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