Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students develop an understanding of their responsibilities and potential impact as global citizens and research ways they can help combat climate change impacts at home and around the world.

Subjects: Civics and Citizenship

Year Level: 9

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: 

Digital LiteracyEmpathyGlobal CitizenshipProblem Finding  

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: Year 9 Civics and Citizenship:

  • How ideas about and experiences of Australian identity are influenced by global connectedness and mobility (ACHCK081)

Relevant parts of the Year 9 Civics and Citizenship achievement standards: Students analyse a range of factors that influence identities and attitudes to diversity. They reflect on how groups participate and contribute to civic life.

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

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

Resources required:

  • A device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Individual devices capable of accessing the internet
  • Presentation Slides (optional)
  • Student Worksheet – one per student (optional). 

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...

  • ... understand their responsibilities and potential impacts as global citizens

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain the ways in which they are globally connected
  • ... create a list of their responsibilities as a global citizen
  • ... research ways they can help combat climate change impacts at home and around the world.

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

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Student Worksheet

Thought-starter: "There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed." - Mohandas Gandhi

Step 1. If you made a list of actions that were critical for saving the planet from climate change, what would they include?

You can work independently, in small groups, or as a whole class, to create a list.

Break down the goal of 'saving the planet from climate change' into a number of manageable, focused subtasks.






Many of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals cover the goals you might come up with. To learn more about the goals, head to the official UN Sustainable Development Goals page.

Step 2. What is the impact of climate change on humans, animals, and the environment around the world? 

Yes, Australia is suffering from increased severity and regularity of droughts, bushfires, storms, and floods, but it is not the only place around the world. 

Independently, investigate the impacts of climate change around the world, and how

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