Activity Introduction

Earth-Hour-sugarcane-heroQuick summary: This lesson is designed to encourage empathy in students by getting them to consider the impact of climate change on food production. Through discussion, role play and the use of strategies including Edward De Bono’s ‘Thinking Hats’ and group role play, students will think about food production issues from various perspectives.

earth-hour-160x160In 2017, WWF is celebrating 10 years of Earth Hour and 10 years of progress on changing climate change. Our actions on climate change will shape the future for our children. They know more about climate change than any other generation. And they have extraordinary views on what they want for their planet. You and your students can become a part of the movement and start to take action on climate change by visiting earthhour.org.au to register for Lights Out or find your local event. Take part and register for Earth Hour Schools Day on Friday the 24th March and don’t forget to switch off on Earth Hour, on Saturday 25th March 8:30-9:30pm. Switch off to #JoinTheFuture.

Learning goals:

  • Students grasp the significance of climate change impacts upon food production in Australia
  • Students conceptualise the global climate change issue affecting life in their home country
  • Students work in groups to empathise with different people in the community

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

Cross curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, OI.2, OI.5.

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Year 7 Geography

  • Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose; using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS053)

 Year 8 Geography

  • Present findings, arguments and ideas in a range of communication forms selected to suit a particular audience and purpose, using geographical terminology and digital technologies as appropriate (ACHGS061)

Year 9 Geography

  • The challenges to food production, including land and water degradation, shortage of fresh water, competing land uses, and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world (ACHGK063)
  • The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future population to achieve food security for Australia and the world (ACHGK064)
  • 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)

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)

Syllabus OutcomesGE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-5, GE4-8, GE5-7, GE5-8.

Time needed: 60 minutes

Resources required: Internet, Student Worksheet, Earth Hour 2015 – climate change and food factsheet.

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

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Earth-Hour-cows-dairy-heroTeacher preparation

You will need: Teachers should copy 6 student worksheets.

Teacher content information: Earth Hour is a WWF-Australia initiative, which over the past 10 years 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 inviting kids around the country to share the news about climate change. From an early age, these kids have been taught to be active recyclers, aware of renewable power alternatives, and informed about the devastating effect of pollution on our planet. The phrases ‘carbon dioxide’ and ‘the hottest summer in Australia’ are common in the

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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Carrots are Australia’s most popular vegetable! Carrots don’t like hot weather so eventually we may only be able to grow them in Tasmania.

From Pasture to Plate: Food Production Empathy Task

Based on the perspective of ONE of the following profiles (assigned by your teacher), your group needs to answer the questions below. One or more scribes need to write down your group’s ideas. A class discussion will follow.   

Thinking-hats 

PROFILES: Read all of the profiles, then highlight the identity your group has been allocated. Think from the perspective of this person when answering the questions below. Answer questions (iii) to (v) using the particular Thinking Hat listed. All profiles can be either male or female.

Answer the following questions in your group:

(i) What are this person’s main goals or needs in terms of food? e.g. farmer relies upon food production for income

 (ii) What are some key problems this person might encounter? e.g. restaurateur thinks fresh

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