Geography / Year 10 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Environmental change and management

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Curriculum content descriptions

Environmental world views of people and their implications for environmental management (ACHGK071)

Elaborations
  • describing the role of people’s environmental world views (for example, human-centred and earth-centred) in producing different attitudes and approaches towards environmental management
  • comparing the differences in people’s views about the causes of environmental issues in Australia and across the world
  • discussing whether environmental change is necessarily a problem that should be managed and explaining people’s choices of methods for managing or responding to environmental changes
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Attitudes,  Environmental management,  Environmental stewardship

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A precious heritage

This is an information page about the weather culture of Aboriginal peoples in central and northern Australia, and the direct and indirect observations they have made over thousands of years to identify indicators that predict the weather and the changing of the seasons. It points out that this knowledge ‘represents a precious ...

Teacher resource

The power of food

This is a compilation of three teaching sequences about food security. It includes sections on countries and their levels of food security and insecurity, hunger worldwide, programs working to improve food security, and approaches to food security. It introduces this important global issue and provides source material, ...

Interactive Resource

Save our catchment – virtual excursion

This virtual excursion offers twelve video lessons that form a sample investigation of pest species invading Australian riparian zones. Filmed on Bundjalung Country, the excursion traverses mid north coast NSW Upper Clarence River Catchment, connecting each video to companion classroom and field learning tasks. The invasive, ...

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Introduction to climate culture

This is an information page that introduces the place of climate and weather in Aboriginal cultures and outlines the effect of the last ice age, from about 20,000 to 14,000 years ago, on Aboriginal populations. It points out that climate and weather form part of a world view of Aboriginal peoples in which all things are ...

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Fire's role in the Australian environment

Fire: friend or enemy? In southern Australia, prescribed (controlled) burns aim to lessen fuel loads and to protect towns and cities. In 2010, a Victorian Royal Commission recommended an increase in prescribed burns, but they remain controversial. During this clip a prominent historian speaks about the pattern of burning ...

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Sharing water for a millennium

In Bali's farming villages, water has a spiritual significance. The way that the Balinese share this precious resource could well provide a model for sustainable water use. Discover the amazing water network fed by Lake Batur and the role of the subaks (community of farmers).

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Wind and waves: shaping coastlines

Discover how extreme weather events are changing over time. Wind and waves are the main factors in coastal erosion and extreme weather events are likely to increase, impacting on Australia's coastlines.

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Land use conflict in NSW national parks

Explore points in a debate about the area set aside as National Park land in NSW. As this clip from 2013 reveals, the debate centres around the value of protecting biodiversity versus the demand for resources such as timber. The clip reflects ways in which different environmental world views can impact the way that the ...

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Small town cools on planned wind farm

Plans to develop a wind farm is dividing the community of King Island. Through community consultation, Hydro Tasmania tries to allay fears about the development. Listen to the different points of view and find out more about this large scale development in this clip from 2013.

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Bali and Sumba - paradise versus poverty

We all know the idyllic paradise called Bali, but have you ever heard of its poorer neighbour, the Indonesian island of Sumba, where the people struggle to grow food to eat? Watch this clip to learn about environmental conditions and agricultural challenges there. Find out also what people in Sumba are doing to prepare ...

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Murray-Darling Basin: competing needs

The health of Australia's massive Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) has long been a concern. Competing needs and politics have created fierce debate about how the problems of this river system should be tackled. Find out some of the points of view about the federal government's plan for the Basin (the Basin Plan), in November 2012.

Teacher resource

Climate educator guide, activity 5: investments in forest carbon

This is a teaching-learning resource containing teaching strategies and a student activity about identifying the valuable benefits, such as carbon sequestration, provided by forests. The resource has five tabs, four of which are relevant. The first tab provides information about policies and initiatives designed to protect ...

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Renewable energy islands

Do you know what an energy island is? Watch this clip to find out what it is, who is working to create one, and how it will produce renewable energy. As well as interviews with its Australian co-inventor and a CSIRO oceanographer, you will see computer-generated models of an energy island and how it will work.

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Ellison Reef: has it been saved?

Ellison Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef, is located off the coast of Mission Beach in North Queensland. In 1981, after years of court battles, the entire Great Barrier Reef became a protected World Heritage Site. But, after three decades of protection, the reef is still dying. What action is required to save one of ...

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Manta rays indicate health of coral reefs

Coral reefs are the second most endangered species on the planet. Meet a group of researchers who are tracking individual manta rays to help them assess the health of Australia's reef ecosystem. Find out how the manta ray can be used as a bioindicator for the health of the reef. See how scientists identify individual manta ...

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Study sheds new light on sea level rise, 2013

What is the impact of climate change on Greenland's ice sheets, and what might this mean for global sea levels? Find out what a team of international researchers have discovered. Hear how the research findings have affected an Australian glaciologist's views about the level of predicted rise in sea levels over the next century.

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Indigenous perspective on sustainability

Find out about some Indigenous sustainability practices and perspectives on land management in this audio interview with a spokesperson from the 2007 Caring for Country conference. Listen as he explains how traditional knowledge of the land and cultural significance guide Aboriginal environmental sustainability. Also discover ...

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Coastal Adaptation: Coastal Climate Change Science

This resource is a video about the science associated with climate change. It explains the causes, estimates the extent and identifies some of the risks associated with sea level rise. The consequences of inundation of low-lying areas and beach erosion, and the impact on ecosystems and species are discussed. The video describes ...

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James Whitlow Delano on palm oil and deforestation in Malaysia

This is a website from the Asia Society that features two short films, a slide presentation and text information with hyperlinks, provided by James Whitlow Delano, on the impact of deforestation and palm oil plantations on the ancient rainforest environments and ecosystems of Sarawak, Malaysia. The narrated films document ...

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Converting waste to energy

An Australian company is hoping to develop a waste-to-energy facility in Western Australia to convert household waste into power. Find out how this technology works, and learn about some of the issues it raises for waste management in the community. Does everyone support this technology, which is relatively new to Australia?