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Please refer to Activity 2 – Energy use and access around the world
This ‘Global Education’ resource for teachers provides a variety of activities that introduce a global perspective on various HSIE topics, including, on sustainable energy resources and the implications of human impact on the environment. In particular, Activity 2: Energy use and access around the world is a great activity that focuses on how various people around the world meet their energy needs.
“Comparative pictures depicting a range of sustainability issues to evoke different perceptions for different individuals” (Shields & Hoggard, 2013, p. 135). This statement reflects the importance of providing students with resources from a variety of global contexts. The first task asks students to examine two photos that demonstrate the use of a traditional fuel. The photos support students in their understanding of global contexts. This task creates a platform for students to discuss how and why different countries or people vary in their energy use.
A table titled ‘Energy and the Environment’ can be shown to the class, which outlines various types of energy use in comparison with the respective countries population. The website suggests that students in groups, create a short profile for each country using the table for statistical information. Following this, students are to investigate the different energy sources used in the country. The final task, asks students to analyse the information and critically think about the country’s impact on the environment and how they might ensure they use energy in a sustainable manner in the future. Activity 2 relates directly to the HSIE Stage 3 syllabus outcome: ENS3.5 – Demonstrates an understanding of the interconnectedness between Australia and global environments and how individuals and groups can act in an ecologically responsible manner. For example, the table provides a comparison between Australia and a variety of surrounding countries. In turn, allowing students to understand the interconnectedness of Australia and other countries use of energy and its impact on global environments.
Global Education. (2014). Sustainable Energy Sources. [online] Retrieved April 3, 2014, from http://www.globaleducation.edu.au/teaching-activity/sustainable-energy-sources-up.html
NSW Board of Studies. (2006). HSIE K-6 Syllabus. Sydney: Board of Studies NSW. [online] Retrieved April 3, 2014, from
Shields, K., & Hoggard, L. (2013). Sustainability for Educators. New South Wales: Byron Region Community College. Australia.