Quick summary: In this activity students establish the difference between their own needs and wants and begin to question what really is essential in their lives. They will explore how our demand for resources is affecting the Earth. Students then complete an inquiry project about the history of food and our future food security.
- Students identify the difference between needs and wants. They understand that some people have more than they need and others do not have enough resources to meet their needs.
- Students build an understanding of how our resource use is causing environmental problems.
- Students look at the history of food and how it has changed over time.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 10 History
- The intensiﬁcation of environmental effects in the twentieth century as a result of population increase, urbanization, increasing industrial production and trade (ACDSEH125)
- The growth and inﬂuence of the environment movement within Australia and overseas, and developments in ideas about the environment (notion of ‘Gaia’, ‘limits to growth’, concept of ‘sustainability’, concept of ‘rights of nature’) (ACDSEH126)
- Responses of governments, including the Australian government, and international organisations to environmental threats since the 1960s (including deforestation and climate change) (ACDSEH128)
- Understand how language use can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (ACELA1564)
Keywords: Earth, changes, development, population, humans, food, sustainability.
This lesson was created in collaboration with Helifilms to support learning from the film.
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