Quick summary: In this activity students explore the relationship between human population growth and natural resource constraints. Students look at the use of water, food and energy in Australia, Britain, China, India, Africa and USA and calculate the productive bio-capacity for each of these countries. Students are asked to create map overlays as a way of presenting their data.
- Students recognise the relationship between human populations and natural resources.
- Students understand that there are limited natural resources to support a growing human population.
- Students recognise that different countries use natural resources in different ways.
- Students begin to appreciate that population growth is a complex and contentious issue.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 9 Geography
- The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future population to achieve food security for Australia and the world (ACHGK064)
- The effects of the production and consumption of goods on places and environments throughout the world and including a country from North-East Asia (ACHGK068)
- 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)
- Reflect on and evaluate the findings of the inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS071)
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)
- Reflect on and evaluate the findings of the inquiry to propose individual and collective action in response to a contemporary geographical challenge, taking account of environmental, economic and social considerations; and explain the predicted outcomes and consequences of their proposal (ACHGS080)
Syllabus Outcomes: GE5-5, GE4-2, GE4-3, GE4-4, GE4-5, GE5-2, GE5-3, GE5-8.
Topic: The Earth Wins
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, infographic creation.
Homework and extension opportunities: This activity includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Keywords: Population, resources, water, food, energy, global, biocapacity.
This lesson was created in collaboration with Helifilms to support learning from the film.
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