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

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Curriculum content descriptions

The application of environmental economic and social criteria in evaluating management responses to the change (ACHGK075)

Elaborations
  • explaining how communities and governments attempt to balance environmental, economic and social criteria in decisions on environmental programs, and the extent to which there can be trade-offs between them
  • discussing the extent to which achieving sustainability in one place should take account of the effects on environmental conditions in other places in the context of the environmental change being investigated
  • debating the practical and ethical dilemmas of national and international conservation programs aimed at the environmental change being investigated
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Environmental management,  Decision making

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, ...

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Managing multiple uses

This Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) resource is about the management of multiple uses of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), a major area for tourism and recreation, an internationally important scientific resource and an important area for Defence training. It explains that the GBR is central to the culture ...

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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

Inquiry learning

This is a teacher professional development resource about inquiry-based learning and its application in education for sustainable development. The resource has six tabs, providing an introduction, four activities and a reflection lesson. It contains information, reflective questions, diagrams, references, links to supporting ...

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Closing the loop on textile pollution

It might seem unusual to find a textile factory located inside a national park. In this clip you will visit an English company that has found a way to 'close the loop' on pollution. And all it took was some clever thinking. Find out how their innovative solution is saving time, money and the environment.

Teacher resource

The mountain-pygmy possum: On the edge

In this series of tasks, students identify habitats for the endangered mountain pygmy-possum, and use Geographic Information System (GIS) and geographical techniques to identify preferred survey sites and to estimate population numbers. The resource focuses on the biophysical environment of suitable alpine habitats; students ...

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Dams and dolphins on the Mekong?

If the Lao Government's plans are realised, nine hydropower dams will be built across the Mekong River in Laos, and more across its tributaries. The government wants the country to become the 'battery of Asia'. With this dream comes a host of issues. Listen to reasons why the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) suggests hydro-dam ...

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Wind turbines blowing hot and cold

Wind turbines appear to be part of the solution to a clean energy future, given that they provide a renewable source of energy that is virtually emission-free. However, as you will see in this clip, wind turbines also generate heated debate within the community, with some people questioning their impact on human health ...

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Forest learning: sustainable forest management

This is a resource about four key aspects of the sustainable management of forests. It presents the big picture of sustainable management; how Australian and overseas forests are certified as being sustainably managed; how a forest product is tracked from its beginning in a certified forest through to its use by the consumer; ...

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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?

Teacher resource

Urban sanitation in India

This is a case study about an approach to the provision of a water supply and sanitation project that involves the local community of Bangalore in the project's design and implementation. It includes sections on Bangalore's expanding needs for water; consequences of a growing population and inadequate infrastructure; and ...

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Developing geothermal energy in Australia, 2013

Renewable energies like hydro, wind and solar are continuing to replace the more traditional, coal-based energies. Geothermal energy is a type of 'green energy' likely to be an important source of power in Australia's future. In this clip from mid-2013, find out how this technology works. Learn also about its development ...

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New dam, new house: the Mekong

The mighty Mekong river provides a way of life for millions of people, and is arguably the most important resource in the developing country of Laos. Discover how villagers are being relocated to make way for hydropower dams on this river, which stretches for nearly 5,000 kilometres from the mountains of Tibet to Vietnam. ...

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Power is money on the the Mekong

Discover why the Lao Government plans to build a hydropower dam at Xayaboury (Xayaburi) on the Mekong River and how neighbouring countries might react. The Mekong River Commission is attempting to maintain a balance for all users of the river. Find out why this is a difficult and complex task.

Teacher resource

Exploring global realities

This is a teacher professional development resource containing activities and information about the major issues that need to be addressed in building a sustainable future. It contains six tabs, providing an introduction, four activities and a reflection lesson. The activity tabs cover the following topics: environmental ...

Interactive Resource

FAO forestry: app for iPad

This is an iPhone app that provides information and facts relating to the world's forests. It includes photos, videos, an interactive map showing world forest data, and links to related publications. The app has a number of separate topic headings including Communities and livelihoods, Forest and energy, Climate change, ...

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Aquaculture fishes for the future

We all have the ability to make choices. When it comes to the food we choose to eat, some of our decisions could lead to large changes in food production. Choosing farmed fish supports the aquaculture industry. While this industry is not without its own environmental issues, can it contribute to sustainable fish stocks?

Teacher resource

Reorienting education for a sustainable future

This is a teacher professional development resource containing information and activities about the concept of education for sustainable development. It contains six tabs, providing an introduction, four activities and a reflection lesson. The activity tabs cover a range of topics including the holistic view of the ‘environment’, ...

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Coal scheme under fire

This clip from 2013 shows the Australian Coal Association's billion dollar COAL21 scheme under fire. COAL21 was designed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the coal industry, but some claim that changes to the scheme will weaken its effectiveness. In the clip, see critics and coal industry representatives expressing ...

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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Biodiversity and farming for a healthy planet

This is a digital resource containing information and resources, such as printable games, that relate to biodiversity and farming, and how food and materials can be produced while protecting the Earth's natural resources. It includes an extensive glossary of important terms, and external links to teacher and student resources ...

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Sharing stories: culture

This is a rich resource about the many intertwined aspects of Aboriginal cultures, including law, Country and Dreaming. It consists of an introduction, a teacher guide, three films made by Aboriginal students ('The Ngatji and paddle steamer', 'Bilwal medicine' and 'Thunderman') and two video interviews, one with Jarlmadangah ...

Interactive Resource

NSW ecosystems on show

This resource highlights fifteen natural ecosystems found in New South Wales. Each resource has been designed for students investigating ecosystem types in NSW, providing a greater understanding of their location, function, how they are impacted by human activity and how schools and communities can work to protect them. ...

Interactive Resource

Tsunami: the ultimate guide

This comprehensive web resource provides a series of six interactive slide shows (chapters) that introduce the cause and impacts of tsunami with a focus on Australia, Asia and Pacific regions. Produced by experts in the field, this information is clearly and simply described. The engaging presentation is enriched with photography, ...

Interactive Resource

Gapminder world

This is an interactive resource featuring an animated scatter plot displaying the development of over 200 countries between 1800 and 2011 based on data for two variables, the default being income per person and life expectancy, with population size represented by the size of the plotted points (bubbles). The graph has a ...

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International year of natural fibres

This is a digital resource containing information, videos and images that highlight natural fibres. It looks at the uses of a range of plant and animal fibres such as flax, jute, silk and cashmere, and considers characteristics, production and sustainability. The resource profiles 15 of the world's major fibres, and contains ...

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Deep ocean volcanoes

This is a video resource about the discovery of the deepest ocean volcano to date - the West Mata submarine volcano between Samoa, Fiji and Tonga - which is more than 1000 metres beneath the ocean surface. The video features footage of the erupting volcano, with lava believed to be among the hottest on Earth, and shows ...

Interactive Resource

Dollar street

This is an interactive resource about the different standards of living of people at different levels of wealth. It shows a street containing photo-panoramas from households at different income levels in Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda. The user can choose the level of income ranging from $1-2 per day to over $100 per ...

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Urbanisation and human wellbeing

This is an online resource looking at Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, as an example of a megacity. It considers change and growth in Jakarta, reasons for urbanisation and examines some of the problems facing megacities such as inequality of wealth, as well as those specific to Jakarta, particularly its vulnerability ...

Teacher resource

A geographical focus on 'Choose your own statistics'

This teaching resource demonstrates ways in which real data can used to support geographical enquiry. It is based on the interactive learning resource Choose your own statistics, where data is presented in the form of infographics, graphical representations and data tables. It also includes supporting information on each ...