TOPIC 1- SUSTAINABILITY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
By the end of topic 1 you should be able to:
1.1Know what we mean by the term resources
1.2Know the link between population growth and our
use of the world’s resources
1.3Know what the term sustainable development
1.4Know and give examples of ways in which different
places and people in the world are connected and
understand the term, “Think Global Act Local”
WORD CHECK FOR TOPIC 1
Here are the main words and ideas that we shall be
looking at in Unit 1.
Non –renewable energy (Fossil fuel)
Any thing that we take from the physical landscape to make other
things that we need or want for our lives, eg
But, using resources can lead to a lot of waste
ie we make stuff that we
It just gets thrown out as
Gives support and
nutrients to crops
Absorbs water, so
helps to slow
down or stop the
risk of flooding
Soaks up some
Eroded and blown
away by wind
Over use by people
and/or animals can
cause lasting damage
Washed away by
Resources: coal, oil, gas and minerals
China & India Are Building 4 New Coal Power Plants – Every
More than 1,000 new coal plants are planned
with about three-quarters of these in China and India
Coal, oil and gas are Fossil Fuels.
We dig up coal and drill for oil.
We then burn the coal and oil (and
gas) to generate electricity
Resources: seas and oceans
70 % of the Earth’s surface is
To think about:
What do you think will be
the impact of these types
of fishing on the resources
of the sea?
Iron ore mine, Australia
Granite quarry, Glensanda,
Consuming resources in New York
Consuming resources in North West India
means making life better, eg, to
have a better standard of living and an
improved quality of life
Sustainable Development means making sure
that the things we do, the goods we buy and
the lifestyle we have today will not harm the
environment for us, for people in other places
and for future generations
Sustainable development means
•Looking at levels of consumption and
•Thinking about our careful use of the
•Realising that we are each responsible
for our actions, and that what we do can
have a huge effect on other people, and
So, big question:
How many people can the Earth sustain, and at
what standard of living?
1950 2 Billion
2013 7 Billion
Contrasting lifestyles, Manilla
1.5 million tons of clothes a
year are thrown out
...9,000 garments thrown into
landfill every five
Sustainable living-recycling clothes and other textiles
Where do recycled clothes go?
60% of old
35% used for mattress
Sustainability? what’s the message here?
Act Local !
What do you do with
your plastic bags?
If you recycle a tonne of paper, how
many trees are you saving?
A. 12 trees.
B. 17 trees.
C. 23 trees.
D. 28 trees.
Recycling just one aluminium can saves
enough energy to run a television for how
A. 3 hours.
B. 6 hours.
C. 9 hours.
D. 12 hours.
How many years does it take a single aluminium
can to decompose?
A. 20 – 40 years.
B. 60 – 80 years.
C. 80 – 100 years.
D. 100 – 120 years.
Sustainability: plastic bags; a problem or not?
Recently, as part of our commitment to
sustainable living, Hutchesons' has been
working with Friends of Maxwell Park to
create a community orchard.
We also have
conservation area in the
And a textile bank
... Two beehives...
As well as paper recycling in each classroom and office.
Plastic Bottles and bags Get Recycled? Right?
In the US people throw away 2.5m plastic
bottles every hour and less than 3% are
In the UK: of the 15m plastic bottles used
every day, much less than 3% gets
Less than 1% of the billions of plastic bags
used each year are recycled and the
majority are used only once
Do we recycle enough at school?
Old computer parts just keep piling up!!
Since the late 1980s, computer waste from developed countries
has been imported to China and broken down by poorly paid