Sustainability & the Environment (What activities can help us learn…
Sustainability & the Environment
How can we find out more about the environment and sustainability?
Participating in your local community, with community gardens, revegetation projects, or volunteer cleanup groups.
Reading books like The Lorax, The Giving Tree, Compost Stew, The Earth Book, Life in the Ocean, and Look After Your Planet.
Through organisations like the government, World Wildlife Foundation Australia, Rainforest Alliance and Australia Zoo
Watching documentaries and television series like Plastic Paradise, More Than Honey, and the ABC's War on Waste
What activities can help us learn about this topic?
"Energy-Free Classroom" Days
Excursions to museums, national parks, conservation projects, waterways, waste disposal centres, etc
Reading books about sustainability and the environment
Class compost project
Rubbish sorting (War on Waste)
Exploring & cataloging local ecosystems
Calculating carbon footprint
Material decomposition project
Types of environments
The natural world
What is sustainability?
Australian Curriculum: Sustainability addresses the ongoing capacity of Earth to maintain all life.
AC Key Concepts
building capacities for thinking and acting in ways that are necessary to create a more sustainable future.
interdependent and dynamic nature of systems that support all life on Earth and our collective wellbeing.
diversity of world views on ecosystems, values and social justice to be discussed and recognised when determining individual and community actions for sustainability.
How natural systems function, remain diverse and what they require to stay in balance
Sustainability and Environment in HASS
Consider social, environmental, and economic perspectives to issues related to the topic
Investigate the attitudes, demographics, social, economic and political influences on human use and management of the environment
Support developing world views, especially in regards to social and economic systems, and the management/use of Earth's resources
Explore contemporary issues within the topic and develop possible solutions to local, national, and global issues
Develop an understanding of understanding of the key factors involved and how they interrelate
How can other subjects be linked to this topic?
TECHNOLOGIES: Use technology to research issues related to the topic and learn about current and potential solutions. Identify and analyse problems, needs, and opportunities to generate ideas and design solutions. Reflect on past and current practices, and assess emerging technologies from a sustainability perspective.
HPE: Explore connections between wellbeing, community, and natural/man-made environments. Consider the effects of diversity, social justice, and consumerism on the health and wellbeing of society.
THE ARTS: Explore the role art plays in maintaining and transforming cultural practices, social systems and the relationships of people to their environment. Develop and communicate world views, and use creative platforms to advocate effective action for sustainability.
ENGLISH: Read, analyse and discuss related materials. Create persuasive and informative texts based on issues of sustainability. Explore relevant perspectives.
SCIENCE: Investigate relationships between systems and their components, and how they respond to change. Explore cycles and cause and effect in the natural world. Discuss the role of scientific knowledge in sustainable decision-making. Predict potential outcomes of human activity and develop ideas to manage these effects on the environment
MATHS: Apply problem-solving and reasoning skills to sustainability issues. Measure, estimate, calculate and compare to gage local ecosystem health. Investigate change in social, economic, and environmental systems over time. Predict potential outcomes based on data.
Why is it important to learn about sustainability and the environment?
To enable individuals and communities to reflect on ways of interpreting and engaging with the world
To develop the knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary for people to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living
To be able to participate critically and act creatively in determining more sustainable ways of living.
To learn to appreciate and respect the diversity of views and values that influence sustainable development
To understand the ways social, economic and environmental systems interact to support and maintain human life
Goals Of Sustainability
Intercultural dialogue and discourse around the environment
Managing pollution & other factors that impact livelihoods
Ensuring the long-term health of land, sea, and air environments
Ending poverty and hunger
Addressing climate change
Improving education and healthcare
Sustainable economic growth
Achieving gender equality
What effects the environment?
Land& Resource management
Farming & Mining
History of Sustainability
Environmental damage, pollution, destabilising soils by cutting down trees, fossil fuels and other environmental issues led to a growing concern about the environment.
Early societies had no real concept of sustainability, and many collapsed because they could not adapt to the conditions unsustainable practices caused
Renaissance and Enlightenment philosophers expressed concern about resources, over-population and sustainability, though the issue was considered as a purely hypothetical question.
Major cultural change was a significant factor in the societies that survived