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

Teaching Resources: Years K-6

Parliament of Youth on Sustainability

The following resources have been prepared by SEE-Change volunteers including those with teaching experience and sustainability expertise.

The resources aim to assist teachers and their students to explore some of the issues and values embedded in the 2020 Vision project.

The modules and lesson plans also have a very local, Canberra focus and provide some ideas for classroom activities, competition entries and Parliament of Youth work.

These resources represent only a small sub set of the possible approaches, so feel free to be creative and develop your own approach!

Teaching Modules

Brief summary of resources

Fundamental Concepts

On the ground – what does it mean to you and me?

The Big Picture

E-Waste – Sequence of activities

Sequence of classroom activities on e-waste leading to Parliament of Youth one-page Green Paper and/or poster.

Energy – Lesson Plans

The following six sequential lesson plans comprise a unit of work on ‘energy’.  Material for these lessons is drawn from the larger modules above plus new material.  Your feedback on these lesson plans is welcome – email: 2020vision@see-change.org.au

Teaching Sustainability Teachers’ Workshop – Powerpoint Presentation

SEE-Change ran a ‘Teaching Sustainability’ workshop for primary school teachers on 24 July 2012 where we presented the six lessons plans on energy (above), the module on ‘Changing the Way We Do Things’ (also above) and information to provide a broader perspective on sustainability and climate change.  The powerpoint presentation is available here (most of the detail relates to the presentation of information on the broader perspective).

With thanks to our


  • 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