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)
  • 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)
  • 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...

Global Washing Line:
  • Clothes pupils are wearing
  • World Map
  • Paper and sticky tape
The History of Stuff:
  • Historical maps of region
  • Regional documents, archives etc, older people
Let’s go to the shops!:
  • Local shops and staff
Regional Planning – ‘Stuff’:
  • Local maps (aerial photo floor mats if possible)
  • Possibly one or two of the shop keepers visited during the field trip might be available to join this session
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Module 6: Stuff

‘Stuff’ Footprints

‘Stuff’ Footprints

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This slide show draws attention to some of the wider global impacts of the stuff that we buy.

What to do:

Use the images and text in the slide show, and the information here to discuss with pupils.

file_pptStuff Footprints (2.78 MB)

Explain that this week they will be studying the slice of footprint that represents the ‘stuff’ that we buy. Before looking at the pie chart of ‘stuff’ emissions, ask pupils why they think this portion of the footprint graph is so big. Draw on what they have learned in previous lessons, and in the warm up activity. It is only fairly recently that people have been taking notice of the large impact of the goods that we buy. This is because a lot of these goods are manufactured overseas, so it is very difficult to calculate their emissions. It has been much easier to calculate emissions from directly within the UK.

Of course there are other things that have been hidden, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. Some countries do not have strict environmental laws for example. When Britain was a leading industrial country, there were cases of streams and rivers flowing a different colour every day from textile industry dye run-off. Now it is tempting to think that we have cleaned up our act. In fact of course, we have simply exported our most polluting industries. For example, 40-60,000 people a year die from exposure to pesticides in the cotton industry.

It is also tempting to think we have cleaned up our act in terms of child labour and slavery as this is no longer tolerated under British law. Once again however, we have often simply exported these practices. Pupils will possibly be familiar with recent news coverage of companies like Primark and Gap.


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