Use the links above and the video to the right for inspiration and undertake some 'scientific research to design solutions to attain a sustainable residential development on 'Future Earth'". Collate solutions under the following headings:
Watch the video below. Rob Greenfield details many examples of how he lives a sustainable lifestyle. Record the examples that you could integrate in your home and lifestyle.
Read about Randy Mandez's account of his approach toTrash on Your Back Challenge. The Trash on Your Back Challenge involves a person carrying around all the rubbish they generate with them for the duration of 5 days. At the end five days the rubbish is divided into three groups - landfill, recycling and compost.
Complete the 5 day Trash on Your Back Challenge, blog your experiences and share the with your class.
Image: UNESCO's 17 Sustainability Development Goals Mural at Questacon. Ian Dudley and Anna Trundle, 2016.
Discuss Ban Ki Moon's message and brainstorm what 'Plan A' might consist of.
Before the Flood is a documentary produced by National Geographic, featured below. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio meets with scientists, activists and world leaders to discuss the dangers of climate change and possible solutions. Click on this link to explore the National Geographic website on the documentary. Follow links on the website to explore content on understanding carbon's impact and climate change.
Q1 What are the four steps?
Q2 What does each of the four steps mean? Imagine you were explaining these steps to a six year old.
Q3 What are some of the activities does each of the four steps propose?
Q4 How do you understand these four steps can play in helping change climate change?
Students explore deep decarbonisation projects by analysing case studies. The activity can be extended by students designing their own decarbonisation project. A teacher worksheet outlines a lesson plan for this activity. An account will need to be set up using school email address to access this. Alternatively a modified version of the lesson may involve students exploring one of the case studies listed below and completing the associated questions.
Q1 How does the case study demonstrate a reduction in emissions?
Q2 What technology is used in the case study? What alternative energy or fuels are used?
Q3 What are the benefits of this example?
Q4 What is most interesting or inspiring about the case study?
Q5 What questions do you still have about the case study?
Q6 How do you think example can be applied on a broader scale?
This interactive developed by Ecocreative for the Mount Barker Regional Council helps others understand what living sustainably might mean.
The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the Stuff in your life forever.
Watch the video below on a case study about the ResourceSmart Schools Program in Victoria and check out the range of real life learning activities students are involved in.
Watch the clip below 'Grow Lightly, South Gippsland' and find out about thier community project to support their community to access locally grown fruits and vegetables.
View 'Leonardo DiCaprio's moving speech on climate change' below. He discusses the massive changes he believes are needed for Earth. Talk about the importance of working together to create solutions.