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Amidst the Anthropocene

How can we sustainably manage our environments to reduce human impact and preserve their health?

We are living in the Age of the Anthropocene, where human activity is profoundly impacting on the health of natural ecosystems.

 

Students must identify changes within an environment - natural and human-induced - and identify the impact on that environment’s health and how people use it.

 

Students must create an environmental management plan to manage that environment and ensure its sustainability  

 

Key tasks

  • Importance of environments. Students will consider the importance of natural environments and the roles they play for different people, drawing on different case studies. They will each represent a different stakeholder (a scientist, an environmentalist, a business owner, and an indigenous elder) to consider the value of their chosen environment and how that stakeholder would want it managed 

  • Case studies. Students will draw from multiple case studies across the unit when exploring how environments change over time (Sahara Desert) and how they should be managed to preserve their health in the face of human alterations (Wilsons Promontory & Gulf of Mexico) 

Key facts:

Curriculum information

Geography - Environmental change & management

ACHGK070-075 | VCGGK144-149 | GE5-2, 5-3, 5-4, 5-5

Duration

15 - 20 lessons

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