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Explore the Impact of Climate Change on Australia’s Marine and Coastal Environment


Key Understandings

  • Every type of production activity has an impact on the environment
  • Carbon pollution is a local, national and global issue.
  • Australian industries, homes, schools and communities are trying to reduce carbon pollution and emissions of greenhouse gas emissions to reduce waste and keep environmental resources healthy.
  • Everyday actions can help reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Different production, transport and manufacturing techniques have different types of emissions.
  • Emission reduction methods/technologies are part of the sustainable management of Australia 's environment.
  • Humans, plants and animals co-exist on the planet.
  • Management of carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions is important to all involved in industry, government, the protection and conservation of the environment, people and animal's health and the consumers of products.
  • It's important to keep improving and developing strategies to reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, to benefit society and the environment.
Focus Questions
  • What sort of carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are being emitted into the environment and impact on plants and animals in marine and coastal environments?
  • What impacts do carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions have on people and the environment?
  • What do we mean by carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions?
  • How can education and sustainable practices help improve the environment?
  • How can current ways of living be improved?
  • How can people become involved in reducing carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and improving Australia 's environment?
  • What can we do and why is it important to get involved?
  • Why is it important to keep looking for new and better ways of reducing the emission of greenhouse gas emissions?
  • What can we do when we are with friends and families and at school to reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions?
  • What can local leaders (Local Council or businesses) do to reduce carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions?
  • What can national and global leaders do to change the way carbon pollution and greenhouse gas emissions are emitted into the environment or how might they influence others in a national or global sense to do so?
Key Literacy Terms

Air, alternatives, behaviour, Best Environmental Practices (BEP's), biodiversity, carbon, carbon dioxide, care, coastal, compost, conflict issue, conflict resolution, conserve, conservation, cultural values, ecosystem, endangered, emissions, enforcement, environment, environmental values, equipment, ethics, evaluation criteria, facilities, features, global, government, greenhouse gas, health, human-made, impacts, implementation, Indigenous peoples, interest group, leaders, legislation, leisure, local, look after, maintenance, management plans, marine, national, nature, permits, political values, pollution, protect, rare, recycle, regulation, resource, restrictions, reuse, safety, signs, soil, stakeholder/user group, sustainable, technology, threatened, water, work.

Key Learning Areas

•  Studies of Society and Environment;

•  Science;

•  Literacy; and

•  Numeracy.


The unit focuses on core learning outcomes from the SOSE, Literacy, ICT and Science Syllabuses/ Curriculum Frameworks.

Key Competencies

•  Collecting, analysing and organising information;

•  Communicating ideas and information;

•  Planning and organising activities;

•  Working with others in teams;

•  Using mathematical ideas and techniques;

•  Solving problems; and

•  Using technology.

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