SRSP 16-19 Topic 6 U1a Short Version – Environmental Issues


Environmental issues are increasingly important in the contemporary world. Pressure groups have focussed world attention on the state of the environment and climate changes. Allegedly, the effects of climate change are already showing themselves in freak weather and other natural catastrophes. Some governments have begun to respond with a range of environmental measures from practical action to treaties and protocols. For most people the message of ‘recycle and reuse’ is now a common theme of everyday life – though this is not so globally and perhaps is less a feature of newly industrialising nations than those already industrialised. Responding to environmental issues tends to fall into three categories:

  • Doing nothing and hoping that the predictions are wrong or that in some way as time progresses humanity will develop ways to cope with any environmental problems which may arise.
  • Seeking out technological solutions to environmental problems in order to reduce the effects of current activity and address future problems as and when they arise.
  • Lifestyle changes ranging from the personal to the national which aim to reduce the damage and avoid creating or worsening some of the damage before it becomes too serious.

This unit consists of 4 lessons and is suitable for students aged from 16 to 19 years


Key Questions

  • To what extent are environmental problems attributable to human actions?
  • What is the role of humanity in looking after planet earth?
  • In what ways should human behaviour change in response to the earth’s environmental problems?
  • Is it realistic to think that it will?
  • What range of possibilities might different responses to environmental problems lead to in the future?

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Unit Resources

Unit Overview (Word)


Lesson 1

Lesson Plan: Problems, Causes, Effects, Solutions (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 4: Group Research Task (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 5: Other notes and web sites (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 6: Deforestation Dominoes (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 7: After Dominoes Summary Sheet (Word)

Resource Slide 4: Is the Environment in trouble? (Word)

Resource Slide 5: The Dominoes Game (Word)

Teacher’s Notes 2 (Word)


Lesson 2

Lesson Plan: The Human Dimension (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 13: Mind Map: Developed Nations (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 14: Mind Map: Developing Nations (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 15: Impact and Consequences (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 16: Snakes and Ladders (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 16a: Snakes and Ladders: Game Board (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 17: Design Brief (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 18: Environment Friendly Technology (Word)

Resource Slide 9: Classifications of Nation States (Word)

Teacher’s Notes 4 (Word)


Lesson 3

Lesson Plan: Scientific responses to Environmental issues (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 23: Famous Fixit Flops (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 24: Fabulous Fixits (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 25: Assessment Sheet (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 26: Environmental Issues and Fixits (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 27: Fixits Assessment Sheet (Word)

Teacher Support Notes 8 (Word)


Lesson 4

Lesson Plan: What if? Possible consequences of action and in-action (Word)

Student Resource Sheet 31: Course Assessment (Word)

Teacher Support Notes 10 (Word)

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