This book outlines how good teaching of primary geography can extend children’s world awareness and help them make connections between their environmental and geographical experiences. Chapters offer guidance on important learning and teaching issues as well as the use and creation of resources from the school environment to the global context. It covers all the key topics in primary geography including: understanding places physical and human geography environmental sustainability learning outside the classroom global issues citizenship and social justice. Summaries, classroom examples and practical and reflective tasks are included throughout to foster understanding and support the effective teaching of primary geography.

Exploring Sustainability : Environmental impact, sustainability and sustainable schools

Exploring Sustainability

Chapter objectives

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This chapter enables you to:

  • understand what is meant by environmental impact and sustainability;
  • recognise that environmental impact and sustainability are interconnected with, and take forward aspects of, environmental geography;
  • know about approaches that promote sustainability for children and schools;
  • recognise the importance of helping children develop their sense of environmental well-being and the potential value of learning about the futures dimension.


This chapter examines environmental impact and sustainability. This is a core geographical concept because the quality and nature of the Earth’s and humans’ present and future depends on understanding the interactions in and between the natural or physical environment, and the human and social environment, which were introduced in Chapter 6. Environmental impact and sustainability ...

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