Quick summary: This Changes Everything includes a book by Naomi Klein and film by Avi Lewis. The texts join the dots between climate change, economic systems and the power of community action. This lesson introduces students to the themes of climate change and capitalism by viewing the This Changes Everything trailer. Students then explore the connections between climate change and capitalism.
- Students will recognise the tension that exists between economic growth and environmental challenges, especially climate change.
- Students build their thinking and questioning skills.
- Students think critically about the themes presented in This Changes Everything.
21st century skills:
Advice for teachers: This unit is designed to help year 9 and 10 students to look critically at the idea of how our economic system’s push for continual growth impacts both the environment and quality of life for all people. Excerpts from the This Changes Everything book and documentary film are used as starting points throughout the lessons to spark discussion, and to put a human face on complex issues through case studies and in-depth analysis. Parts of this unit is suitable for the following learning areas: Geography, Economics and Business, Civics and Citizenship, English and Environmental Science. These lessons can be used to integrate the Cross-curricular priority of Sustainability into your learning area. Each lesson is designed to stand on its own; you can easily pick and choose what learning activities best meet your curricular goals.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 Geography
- 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)
Year 9 Economics and Business
- Australia as a trading nation and its place within the rising economies of Asia and broader global economy (ACHEK038)
- Why and how participants in the global economy are dependent on each other (ACHEK039)
Year 9 English
- Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746)
Year 10 Geography
- Human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability (ACHGK070)
Year 10 Economics and Business
- The ways businesses respond to changing economic conditions and improve productivity through organisational management and workforce management (ACHEK054)
Year 10 English
- Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756)
Year 10 Science
- Global systems, including the carbon cycle, rely on interactions involving the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere (ACSSU189)
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.1, Sustainability OI.2.
Relevant parts of Year 9 Geography achievement standards: Students predict changes in the characteristics of places over time and identify the possible implications of change for the future.
Relevant parts of Year 9 Economics and Business achievement standards: Students analyse the interdependence of participants in the global economy.
Relevant parts of Year 9 English achievement standards: Students create texts that respond to issues, interpreting and integrating ideas from other texts.
Relevant parts of Year 10 Geography achievement standards: Students predict changes in the characteristics of places and environments over time, across space and at different scales and explain the predicted consequences of change.
Relevant parts of Year 10 Economics and Business achievement standards: Students explain how businesses respond to changing economic conditions and improve productivity.
Relevant parts of Year 10 English achievement standards: Students create a wide range of texts to articulate complex ideas.
Relevant parts of Year 10 Science achievement standards: Students describe and analyse interactions and cycles within and between Earth’s spheres.
Topic: Climate Change, Sustainability, This Changes Everything.
Unit of work: This Changes Everything.
Time needed: 45 mins.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – allow students to explore the topic independently.
Resources required: Laptops, device capable of presenting a video to the class – Film clip: This Changes Everything trailer. Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Key words: Climate change, environmental health, economic growth, global economy, This Changes Everything.
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