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)
  • 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)
  • 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...

Building Consequences:
  • Paper and Pencils
Site Visit:
  • A site to visit. The Centre for Alternative Technology has several sustainable buildings made from different materials but you may want to visit somewhere closer to your school.
  • If you cannot find any examples of sustainable buildings to visit, try and find out about buildings that have had energy saving features added to them, such as insulation.
  • Even if you cannot find any positive sustainable examples, it will still be valuable to leave the classroom. Investigate a traditional building using natural materials – the materials may have low embodied energy, but how energy efficient is the building when in use? Or even investigate bad examples – pupils will gain a lot from being able to apply their knowledge.
Build it Yourself!:
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Craft materials, paper, scissors, glue etc
  • Clear plastic (eg windows from processed food packaging, or old A4 clear plastic wallets)
  • A icon printed set of designs (687.54 kB) for photovoltaic panels, solar water heating panels, tiles etc
Sustainable Planning - Buildings:
  • You could invite the person they interviewed on the site visit to help with this activity
  • Maps and aerial floor photo mats if you have them
  • Variety of media for recording
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Module 4: Buildings

Building Footprints

Building Footprints

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This slide show demonstrates the sustainability issues behind a lot of the buildings we have in the UK.

What to do:

Use the images and text and the information below to discuss with pupils.

file_pptDownload the PowerPoint Slideshow: Building Footprints (2.19 MB)

There are two main points to draw from the slide show. One is that many of our modern building materials have a high embodied energy – this means the amount of energy that was used to manufacture the materials in the first place, before they even get built! The second point is that a lot of energy is wasted by the way we use buildings. Ask the children if they know what thermal vision goggles are – they will probably have seen them on programmes about the police, or wildlife programmes. Ask them to imagine wearing those goggles and looking at different buildings. How would they be able to tell which buildings weren’t insulated properly? There are many other energy saving measures for buildings – draft proofing, double glazing, thermostats. Discuss with the pupils how the school and the classroom they are in rates in terms of energy efficiency. What about the building materials?


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