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Students explore how human actions can affect the natural environment, and take an active role in becoming "eco-friendly".

The learning context

Students explore how human actions can have both a positive and negative impact on the natural environment.

To begin students might brainstorm a list of environmental success stories and problems caused by human actions (such as waste recycling and disposal, forestation and deforestation, pest control and pesticides, flood control and erosion, clean air enhancements and pollution). Students could select one environmental issue that they wish to study in greater depth, gathering a range of information about their chosen issue using the Internet and library and by interviewing key people (Department of Conservation workers, council staff, Greenpeace members, and so on).

Students can then take an active role in becoming "eco-friendly" citizens as they work together to identify and then rectify a local environmental problem. Students may decide to clean up the local beach, assemble a recycling station at school, plant more trees at the local park, or lobby the local council to install more rubbish bins in the town centre.

Students can celebrate their achievements and promote an "eco-friendly" message by sharing their learning and actions with other students in the school, parents, and the wider community.

Enterprising attributes

Key competencies and enterprising attributes to consider:

  • Generating, identifying, and assessing opportunities
  • Using initiative and drive
  • Working with others and in teams
  • Being fair and responsible
  • Planning and organising
  • Collecting, organising, and analysing information
  • Communicating and receiving ideas and information

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Published on: 31 Mar 2015