Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students read between the lines of statements made by industry experts to discover why a very viable move towards renewable energy sources has seen a slow uptake in Australia. 

Subjects: English.

Year Level: Year 6 and Year 7.

Topics: Climate change. Click here for more lessons on these topics.

Teaching Time: 60 minutes.


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: 

CommunicatingCritical ThinkingEthical Understanding  

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Year 6

Content descriptions: Year 6 English:

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (ACELY1713)

Relevant parts of the Year 6 English achievement standards: Students show how specific details can be used to support a point of view.

Year 7

Content descriptions: Year 7 English:

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)

Relevant parts of the Year 7 English achievement standards: Students understand how to draw on personal knowledge, textual analysis and other sources to express or challenge a point of view.

Syllabus Outcomes: EN3-3A, EN4-2A.

General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking.

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work IPCC Climate Change Solutions.

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – Discuss the IPCC report with students, lead students through a complex discussion and support them in independent work.

Resources required:

  • A device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Presentation Slides (optional)
  • Student writing materials
  • Whiteboard.

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 why there are advocates for many different approaches to our carbon emissions challenge.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... explain the benefits and drawbacks of carbon capture and storage technologies
  • ... explain the persuasive logic different parties use when advocating for or against carbon capture and storage technologies

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 un

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