Geography in the classroom
10.1K views | +0 today
Follow
Geography in the classroom
Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
Curated by dilaycock
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Seven sustainability lessons we can all learn from backpackers

Seven sustainability lessons we can all learn from backpackers | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
With a reputation in Australia for public drunkenness and antisocial behaviour, backpackers might not seem likely role models for “greener” ways of living. Most backpackers are from upper- or middle-class…
dilaycock's insight:

A positive spin on the oft maligned behaviour of backpackers.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Game Detail | GlassLab Games

Game Detail | GlassLab Games | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
GlassLab Games delivers a delightful user experience covering the most critical learning standards. Our games are as engaging as the games students and educators choose to play in their free time.
dilaycock's insight:

From the creators of SimCity, this free download "not only teaches students about the factors affecting the environment in a modern city, but the game also provides formative assessment information about students’ ability to problem solve and explain the relationships in complex systems." (website)

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Global Fishing Watch

Global Fishing Watch | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Global Fishing Watch is the product of a technology partnership between SkyTruth, Oceana, and Google that is designed to show all of the trackable fishing activity in the ocean. This interactive web tool – currently in prototype stage – is being built to enable anyone to visualize the global fishing fleet in space and time. Global Fishing Watch will reveal the intensity of fishing effort around the world, one of the stressors contributing to the precipitous decline of our fisheries.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

How plywood started the destruction of Indonesia’s forests

How plywood started the destruction of Indonesia’s forests | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
How do the products we buy affect the world’s rainforests? In the lead up to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney this week, The Conversation is running a series on rainforest commodities…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words

Stopping global deforestation will take more than more words | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
At the recent UN Climate Summit in New York there was little in the way of new climate policy announcements, but 27 countries did sign a new forest agreement — the New York Declaration on Forests. Some…
more...
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Endangered Orangutans Gain From Eco-Friendly Shifts in Palm Oil Market

Endangered Orangutans Gain From Eco-Friendly Shifts in Palm Oil Market | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Oil palm plantations are a major threat to orangutans, but new initiatives for deforestation-free palm oil may help save them.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by dilaycock from All about water, the oceans, environmental issues
Scoop.it!

Incredible photos show mountains of plastic bottles washed in Maldives

Incredible photos show mountains of plastic bottles washed in Maldives | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Award-winning filmmaker Alison Teal, 27, from Hawaii, visited Thilafushi – or Trash Island - an artificial island created as a municipal landfill situated to the west of Malé. 

Via Kathy Dowsett
dilaycock's insight:

Oh wow. Such a disjuncture between what we imagine and the reality. I'm in a school where many of the students are beach-goers and surfers. These images should make them angry and get them thinking (and hopefully, acting).

more...
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, October 2, 2014 6:17 PM

Option topic:  Marine Environments and management 

Rescooped by dilaycock from green streets
Scoop.it!

Singapore offers a Global Lesson in Green

Singapore offers a Global Lesson in Green | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

A complete lack of natural resources is prompting the urban island city-state of Singapore to generate its own green infrastructure. Its rapidly growing population, which is one-and-a-half times that of the city of Los Angeles but spread across an area half the size, is another driver. And while the green push is most visible in the walls and bays of vegetation that garnish its stock of high-rise apartments and offices, its impact is far deeper. That’s thanks in part to a government-led sustainable-building certification program that aims to green 80 percent of the city-state’s existing building stock by 2030...


Via Lauren Moss
more...
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's curator insight, September 5, 2014 12:24 PM

Singapore is a green city role model. Can you imagine if all cities and governments around the world put the same kind of effort as Singapore to make the majority of their buildings green?

 

By the way, Singapore is also leading the way this year so far in Asian outbound foreign investment.

http://www.cbre.com.hk/EN/aboutus/mediacentre/asianews/Pages/Newsflash---Asian-Outbound-Investment-1H-2014.aspx

Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's curator insight, September 5, 2014 12:25 PM

Singapore is a green city role model. Can you imagine if all cities and governments around the world put the same kind of effort as Singapore to make the majority of their buildings green?

 

By the way, Singapore is also leading the way this year so far in Asian outbound foreign investment.

http://www.cbre.com.hk/EN/aboutus/mediacentre/asianews/Pages/Newsflash---Asian-Outbound-Investment-1H-2014.aspx

Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Hawkesbury River: competing needs and river health

Hawkesbury River: competing needs and river health | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Why is the Hawkesbury-Nepean river catchment a useful example for an exploration of river management issues? The needs...
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Angling for sustainability

Angling for sustainability | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
There aren't always more fish in the sea. Growing community concern about over-fishing has prompted scientists to investigate the health of populations in Australian waters and to assess the impact of fishing on broader ecosystems, including the likelihood of other fish being caught accidentally.
more...
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 16, 2014 4:26 AM

Option -marine environments and management 

Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

How ecosystems can keep their fish, and we can eat them too

How ecosystems can keep their fish, and we can eat them too | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Tighter bag limits for fishing could be the key to ocean conservation, according to new research showing that limiting fishing across entire regions can offer better protection than using marine reserves…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

UNESCO | Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future: Globalisation

UNESCO | Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future: Globalisation | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Globalisation is the ongoing process that is linking people, neighbourhoods, cities, regions and countries much more closely together than they have ever been before. This has resulted in our lives being intertwined with people in all parts of the world via the food we eat, the clothing we wear, the music we listen to, the information we get and the ideas we hold."

dilaycock's insight:

Part of a suite of great resources  from UNESCO on teaching and learning for a sustainable future.

more...
Geemik's curator insight, June 6, 2014 3:37 AM

Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future, is a training programm of UNESCO. It will enable teachers to plan learning experiences that empower their students to develop and evaluate alternative visions of a sustainable future and to work creatively with others to help bring their visions of a better world into effect. It will also enhance the computer literacy of teachers and build their skills in using multimedia-based resources and strategies in their teaching.

Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

The state of Australia: our environment

The state of Australia: our environment | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

In the lead-up to the budget, the story of crisis has been hammered home, but there’s more to a country than its structural deficit. So how is Australia doing overall?"

dilaycock's insight:

It's not looking good.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by dilaycock from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

Ecological Corridors

"Various ecological, political and economic perspectives on habitat fragmentation from the West Wing: season 1, episode 5."


Via Seth Dixon
dilaycock's insight:

Engaging short clip that highlights the complex issues surrounding the conservation vs development debate.

more...
Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 23, 2015 4:01 PM

Our modern society depends on greater connectivity between places.  Regionalized economies, politics and transportation networks are increasingly integrated with far-flung places now more than ever before.  Our biosphere and natural environments are exceptions to this pattern.  Wilderness areas are 'islands' in an ocean of human controlled environments.   We create transportation linkages that unite people economies and cities, but separate herds from their extended habitat. 


We've all seen road kill on major highways.  Species like deer, elk, and grizzly bears and other large-bodied animals need a wide range for numerous ecological reasons.  These bridges are an attempt to ameliorate some of the problems that our roads pose for the non-human species that still call Earth home.  From a purely economic standpoint, many argue that these bridges save society money given the accidents and property damage that can be avoided. 


Just for fun: This is a hilarious/painful video of a woman who clearly doesn't understand these principles.


Tags: biogeography, transportation, environment, land use, sustainability, environment adapt.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, February 11, 2015 3:58 PM

read Seth's comments before viewing this excellent clip from West Wing. 

Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Dubai dubbed “capital of the green economy” in new report

Dubai dubbed “capital of the green economy” in new report | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Dubai Carbon Center of Excellence has just released the State of green economy report 2015, a UN-backed publication which analyzes achievements and challenges for the green economy in the current market.
more...
Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 19, 2014 12:30 PM

Not only is Dubai one of the richest cities in the world but now they are the capital of the green economy. The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy are the two main reasons for this.  The Dubai supreme council of energy aims to support Dubai’s economic growth through secure energy supply & efficient energy use while meeting environmental & sustainability objectives.  They want to rationalize use of energy and ensure environmental sustainability. The UAE says that developed countries have a sort of debt to pay for the environment so they want to take the lead on the low carbon approach using the UAE vision 2021, which primarily focuses on reducing the nation’s dependence on fossil fuels while increasing the use and development of renewable energy. They plan to reduce total energy consumption in the nation by 30% in 2030 by making solar power at least 5% of its energy use. This city knows how to plan ahead.

Rescooped by dilaycock from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water

The largest city in Brazil is running dangerously low on water | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Thanks to the worst drought in eight decades, millions of people in São Paulo are facing water outages.

 

Tags: Brazil, urban, water, urban ecology, climate change, environment depend, sustainability, agriculture, food production.


Via Seth Dixon
more...
Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 25, 2014 12:49 PM

Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, which provides one third of the countries GPD, is now running low or water due to one of the worst droughts in 8 years. There are more than 21 million people in this city and 13 million of them are facing water outages. If it doesn't rain soon, the city could face a collapse. The city has blamed the drought of lack of water in the vapor clouds that the amazon usually provides to the city. They also blame it on deforestation and global warming. President Dilma Rousseff has questioned the cities misusage of their water supply, claiming that the city mismanaged their water supply.  

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:16 AM

This shows just how important water is the human race. It also shows how humans have no sense of urgency in conserving water until it's too late. The saying "you never know a good thing until it's gone" applies in this case. The Brazilian government did not take any sufficient measures to conserve water until it realized how depleted the reservoir is. This event demonstrates the environmental impact of  water depletion on humans, and how humans have such a huge impact on the geographical landscape on Earth. As seen in the picture above, many greens turned yellow as a result of the lowering water levels. The river beds are soon going to be overgrown by shrubbery as water no longer exists there. These are all results of a combination of natural (lack of rain) and human causes of resource depletion.

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 30, 2015 7:19 AM

water

Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Like eating fish? It's time to start caring where it comes from

Like eating fish? It's time to start caring where it comes from | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Australians love seafood. Whether it’s fish and chips by the seaside or prawns on the barbie at Christmas, it’s integral to many of our traditions and social gatherings. Yet very little of the seafood…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

To have sustainable development, we need to consider culture

To have sustainable development, we need to consider culture | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
At the end of July draft Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were released by the United Nations-appointed Open Working Group. Those of us hoping to see culture identified as part of those goals were…
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by dilaycock from Geography Education
Scoop.it!

World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production

World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The last section of dam is being blasted from the Elwha River on Washington's Olympic Peninsula on Tuesday.


For almost half a century, the two dams were widely applauded for powering the growth of the peninsula and its primary industry. But the dams blocked salmon migration up the Elwha, devastating its fish and shellfish—and the livelihood of the Lower Elwha Klallam tribe. As the tribe slowly gained political power—it won federal recognition in 1968—it and other tribes began to protest the loss of the fishing rights promised to them by federal treaty in the mid-1800s. In 1979, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Washington tribes, including the Elwha Klallam, were entitled to half the salmon catch in the state.


Via Seth Dixon
more...
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 9, 2014 1:16 PM

See also this video to see the rapid changes on the nearby White Salmon River when they removed the dam. 


Tags: biogeography, environment, land use, sustainability, environment adapt.

Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

The oceans are full of our plastic – here's what we can do about it

The oceans are full of our plastic – here's what we can do about it | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
By 2050, 95% of seabirds will have plastic in their gut. That is just one finding from our national marine debris research project, the largest sample of marine debris data ever collected anywhere in the…
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Industrial sites of old can be the cities of the future

Industrial sites of old can be the cities of the future | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The buildings from our recent industrial past can offer some exciting new places for the future, with a heritage character and sense of place. With some creative thinking and ambition, these sites can…
more...
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 2, 2014 6:35 PM

Option topics - marine and urban 

Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Indigenous perspective on sustainability

Indigenous perspective on sustainability | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Find out about some Indigenous sustainability practices and perspectives on land management in this audio interview with...
dilaycock's insight:

ABCSplash has other great resources on sustainability. 

more...
Sally Egan's curator insight, August 27, 2014 6:05 PM

Ecosystem mangament is covered in this short video, relating to Indigenous management strategies.

Bec Seeto's curator insight, October 2, 2014 8:32 PM

Ecosystem mangament is covered in this short video, relating to Indigenous management strategies.

Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Young filmmakers look at sustainability

Young filmmakers look at sustainability | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Prize-winningshort films on sustainability made by young Victorians - including primary school-aged students - will be screened at Federation Square in December.
dilaycock's insight:

Great idea to promote global citizenship, with emphasis on environmental sustainability, in schools. I'm hoping other states might match this initiative.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Resources for teachers | Oxfam Australia

Resources for teachers | Oxfam Australia | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Oxfam offers a range of resources for teachers and students to explore issues surrounding poverty and justice, as well as ways in which they can make a difference that’s meaningful to them.
dilaycock's insight:

Oxfam have combined social issues with the current interest in the World Cup Soccer. A great idea!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by dilaycock
Scoop.it!

Male-only gene trick could leave invasive fish species floundering

Male-only gene trick could leave invasive fish species floundering | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A genetic modification that creates male-only populations could give us a new weapon against invasive fish such as carp that plague our waterways. “Daughterless technology”, which works by removing females…
more...