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)
  • Transport Footprints
    This slide show introduces how we use transport and the impact it has.
    (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

Sustainable Transport

Sustainable Transport

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This slide show introduces some sustainable transport solutions.

What to do:

Before you show them the slides ask pupils what they think some low impact transport solutions might be.

Use the images and text on the slideshow and the information below to lead a discussion.

file_pptDownload the PowerPoint Slideshow: Sustainable Transport (4.58 MB)

Some key points to cover and questions to ask in the discussion include:

Electric Vehicles:

  • This is a proven technology, unlike many of the other innovative low carbon vehicles they might have seen on television.
  • Will require a lot of investment into the infrastructure required for charging or changing batteries.


  • The key disadvantage of biofuel it that we don’t have enough land to grow enough food to feed everyone on the planet, and provide large amounts of vehicle fuel as well. Large areas of rainforest have been cut down to grow palm oil to make bio-fuels, resulting in CO2 emissions from deforestation.
  • Some cars are run on bio-diesel made from recycled chip oil. This has a much lower impact than other bio-fuels, but we don’t have enough chip oil for everyone – even if everyone in the UK had small cars, drove less distance and more efficiently, we’d only have enough chip oil for 1% of our vehicles.
  • Ask pupils which vehicles they think should be prioritised for precious resources like chip oil bio-diesel. Hopefully they will suggest things like farm machinery and emergency service vehicles.
  • However if we plan our land use carefully, it will be possible to provide some transport fuel from plants. It is possible for example, to grow woody plants like myscanthus to make bio-kerosene which can be used in aeroplanes.

Hybrid vehicles (like the Prius):

  • This is a technology for making vehicles more efficient by capturing the energy wasted during breaking, however a large hybrid vehicle can still have higher carbon dioxide emissions per mile than a small vehicle without hybrid technology.
  • The manufacture of new efficient electric vehicles is still energy intensive, and we will all need to travel less.
  • Good cycling and walking facilities will become very important.

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