This Changes Everything includes a book by Naomi Klein and film by Avi Lewis. The texts join the dots between climate change, economic systems and the power of community action. In this lesson students synthesise what they have learned from the This Changes Everything unit and develop a plan for taking action around themes presented in the unit. Students will work in groups to select a theme that is important to them, then brainstorm an idea for action. Next, they collaboratively plan their action project and execute this plan. Finally, students are asked to reflect upon the success of their project and their role in creating and executing the project.
- recognise the tension that exists between economic growth and environmental challenges, especially climate change.
- recognise that this tension also incorporates a range of social justice issues.
- understand that there are many different ways to take action around this issue.
- identify ways to take action around this issue at their school or in their community.
- understand the processes and steps required for planning and executing a social action project.
Lesson guides and printables
This lesson concludes the This Changes Everything unit. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to create a social action project or awareness raising campaign around an issue they connected with through the unit. As a result this lesson can be integrated into a number of subject areas as the focus is on developing the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum and 21st century skills.
Unit of work: This Changes Everything.
Time needed: 60+ mins (this lesson could take between three and six sessions). Time should be determined by teacher prior to commencing the lesson so that students have a clear expectation of the deadline in which to execute their project.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – oversee project planning and project execution.
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- Critical thinking
- Community engagement
- Problem solving
This Changes Everything explores the complex relationship between humans and our environment, and in particular how our economic system’s push for continual growth impacts both the environment and quality of life for all people. Both the book and the film present powerful portraits of communities on the front line of both fossil fuel extraction and the climate crisis it is driving, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond.
This Changes Everything is a vehicle to discuss the climate crisis as an opportunity; an opportunity for a new economic model that accounts for both people and the planet in a just and sustainable way. It is through this context that the possibilities for hope and optimism amidst the climate crisis are explored. Teachers and students are critical to this conversation. After all, it will be young people who will inherit the world we have created, who will become the leaders tackling the many challenges and who will reinvent a different future.
This Changes Everything - Global Trailer (https://vimeo.com/137514489)
- This Changes Everything - Welcome message
- About This Changes Everything
- This Changes Everything - Using these lessons
- This Changes Everything - Resources