Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Subject Matter

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The Global Footprint Network website contains a wealth of material on the ecological footprint including definitions and explanations for the ecological footprint and related concepts, footprint science, an online personal footprint calculator, and an interactive world map showing the total and per capita ecological footprint and biocapacity by country.

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The ‘People and the Environment’ section of the WWF Australia website includes information about the human footprint, global warming and climate change, as well as the Living Planet Report, a biennial publication documenting ‘the state of the planet – the changing state of biodiversity, ecosystems and humanity’s demand on natural resources – and what this means for humanity’. Another link to the online personal footprint calculator.


The Sustainability Illustrated website presents short animation videos explaining sustainability concepts in an engaging visual format. Topics include: the ecological footprint, earth overshoot day, sustainable development.

The Story of Stuff, originally released in December 2007, is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues by looking at the whole of life picture of the goods we consume.


 WWF Living Planet Report 2016 Full Report and Summary


Cool Australia website

Cool Australia is a not for profit organisation that provides on-line curriculum-linked resources for teachers and students across all year groups. You can search by topic (eg ecological footprint, sustainability, water, energy) and by year group. You need to sign up to their website to get an access password. Clean Up Australia has teamed with Cool Australia and assembled a Clean Up Australia school teaching kit focused on waste; the life cycle of products; sustainability; reducing, re-using, recycling; and understanding our ecological footprint (including a simple paper-based ecological footprint calculator suitable for younger students – click here for the lesson plan).




Australian Greenhouse Calculator - EPA Vic Gov

The Australian Greenhouse Calculator (AGC) helps you explore how your lifestyle contributes to greenhouse gas emissions. Under the auspices of the Environment Protection Authority of the Victorian Government, the website includes the calculator, animations suitable for students, teacher ideas and a research section answering many questions about greenhouse gas emissions, climate change and the ecological footprint.


Catchment Detox is an ABC Science online game where you’re in charge of the whole catchment. You get to decide what activities you undertake – whether to plant crops, log forests, build factories or set up national parks. The aim is to avoid environmental problems and provide food and wealth for the population.

on borrowed time

On Borrowed Time is a CSIRO resource with four inquiry-based teaching and learning units and two decision-making interactives which allow students to reflect, consider and make decisions relating to Australia’s biodiversity.
















UN Sustainable Development Goals: On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.


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VIDEO – Climate Change: What’s the Story? A 2014 update on the thinking in climate science with Professor Michael Raupach, the late Director of the ANU Climate Change Institute; Em Professor Bob Douglas, Parliament of Youth Project Leader; and Ali Carrera, Merici College student.

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Climate Change: What’s the Story? provides an entry point for teachers and students to find out about the current thinking and action on climate change. It contains information on seven topics, each with a brief introduction followed by a series of accessible websites or documents.
















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  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government