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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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Putting a cap on bottled water

Once, nearly all the water we drank came straight out of a tap, but not any more. Some environmental groups have been pushing for plastic bottles to be banned. Could bottled water become a thing of the past or will this battle boil down to conservation versus convenient accessory?

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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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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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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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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.

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Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area: vineyards

The McWilliam's Wines Group has been growing wine in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) for almost 100 years. In this clip from late 2012, listen to members of the McWilliam family describe how the industry was established, the reasons for choosing that region and the need to incorporate sustainable practices.

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Wild rivers conundrum

Whether to develop or conserve is a common dilemma across the Australian landscape, and opinions are divided on the issue of Queensland's Wild Rivers legislation. The state government is considering a repeal of this legislation, which protects a number of important river catchments.

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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?

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Algae oil

Could algae be used to create an alternative to crude oil? It's not straightforward - but it is possible. This video describes how algae and waste products from other industries could be used to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and play a part in controlling climate change.

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Proposed coal mine raises environmental issues

Explore the possible benefits and impacts to the environment and community of a proposed new coal mine, called the Wallarah 2 Coal Project. In this clip from late June 2013, find out some viewpoints that landowners, community members, mine representatives and politicians present about the proposed underground mine.

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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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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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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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The Mekong: a damming example

The government of Laos has plans for many revenue-raising dams along the Mekong River. Find out about a dam, the Nam Theun 2, which was completed in 2010 and lies across the Nam Theun river in the Nakai Plateau. This clip from the same year asks if the dam could be the flagship for others to be built along the Mekong. Discover ...

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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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Is the fish you buy sustainably caught?

How sustainable are Australia's fisheries? According to recent reports, Australia's management of fish stocks is among the best in the world. Watch this clip to find out why some countries certify wild-caught fish as sustainable and hear why this may not be necessary in Australia. Why are some large supermarket chains in ...

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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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War of the willows

A willow tree removal program in the ACT has erupted into a war of words. At the heart of this clash of ideas are different opinions about the best way to protect the landscape. While the government sees the willow as a weed, others view it as an important environmental resource. Which environmental world view will prevail?

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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 ...

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Oil shale production heightens community fears

Australia's first commercial oil shale plant has begun production in Queensland after the lifting of a 20-year ban on oil shale mining. This clip investigates the claims of some local residents who say that their quality of life was impacted by emissions from an earlier oil shale trial plant, as well as the views of those ...