Footprint Futures

Footprint Futures
The key stage 2 and 3 eco-footprint teaching resource from the Centre for Alternative Technology

Other Slide Show Activities

  • Footprints
    This slide show explains what eco footprints and carbon footprints are.
    (From module Module 1: The Big Picture)
  • The Big Picture
    This slide shows some of the major global environmental issues in a nutshell.
    (From module Module 1: The Big Picture)
  • Myth busting
    This slide show explains why recycling and switching off the lights isn’t going to save the planet!
    (From module Module 1: The Big Picture)
  • Sustainable Transport
    This slide show introduces some sustainable transport solutions.
    (From module Module 2: Transport)
  • Energy Footprints
    This slide show demonstrates how most of our energy is currently produced in the UK.
    (From module Module 3: Energy)
  • Walk the walk
    (From module Module 3: Energy)
  • Renewable Energy
    This slide show introduces some sources of renewable energy.
    (From module Module 3: Energy)
  • Building Footprints
    This slide show demonstrates the sustainability issues behind a lot of the buildings we have in the UK.
    (From module Module 4: Buildings)
  • Eco Buildings
    This slide show illustrates several types of eco buildings and eco refurbishments.
    (From module Module 4: Buildings)
  • ‘Stuff’ Footprints
    This slide show draws attention to some of the wider global impacts of the stuff that we buy.
    (From module Module 6: Stuff)
  • Good Stuff
    This slide show draws attention to some sustainable examples of the ‘stuff’ that we buy, including organic and Fair Trade products.
    (From module Module 6: Stuff)
  • Food Footprints
    This slide show demonstrates the sustainability issues behind much of the food we produce and consume in the UK.
    (From module Module 5: Food)
  • Global Footprints
    This slide show recaps some of the major sustainability issues they have studied over the project.
    (From module Module 7: Think Global, Act Local)

Things needed for this Module...

Transport Survey:
  • Clipboards, pencils and paper
Getting About:
Time Travel:
  • Historical maps of your region
Mystery Guest:
  • A visit by a member of the local community involved in transport issues – this person could be a representative from the rail network, or the bus station, or someone who runs a bike shop for example.
Regional Planning - Transport:
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Module 2: Transport

Transport Footprints

Transport Footprints

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This slide show introduces how we use transport and the impact it has.

What to do:

Use the images and text in the slide show and the information below to lead a discussion.

file_pptDownload the PowerPoint Slideshow: Transport Footprints (2.88 MB)

Remind pupils that a footprint is a way of exploring our impact on the planet. Explain that this week they will be studying the slice of footprint that represents transport. Before looking at the pie chart of transport emissions, ask pupils why they think the transport portion of the footprint graph is so big. Draw on their findings from the transport survey.

Explain that the transport slice of the footprint graph has been broken down into more detail to make the pie chart of transport emissions.

Discuss with pupils the various types of transport featured. Encourage pupils to offer their own experiences of different types of journeys they have made. It is very important not to make them feel guilty! Many pupils will have flown to holiday locations, and probably enjoyed the experience. Some pupils may have gone on holiday to Europe by train, coach or car, and maybe by ferry.

(More detail about transport of goods will come under following modules. But it is a good opportunity to introduce the fact that ship freight is more efficient than is often thought.)

Encourage the pupils to discuss journeys within Wales and the UK. How do they travel to school, or visit relatives, or go on days out?

Use the images to explain the impact of the various forms of transport. Flying and cars have the biggest share per passenger. We fly less than we drive, but flying uses more fuel, and the CO2 has an even greater impact when released at high altitudes. Cars have such a large impact because we use them so much, often for short journeys and with one person in them. Trains and buses are more efficient because they can transport large numbers of passengers at once. Of course a bus with only one or two passengers is much less efficient!


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