What are the links between colonialism & the environment?
Uncover the impacts of colonialism on biodiversity & encourage students to imagine new ways of living
This resource is part of our Teaching for Creativity series
This resource – created in collaboration with Climate Museum UK – focuses on the locations of Jamaica and Nigeria to explore questions about British colonialism and links to the climate crisis we face today.
The overarching question: ‘What are the links between colonialism and the environment?’ focuses on the exploration of companies and nations that have mechanisms to allow them to operate in other countries – military power, legal challenges, land-grabs and ‘social licence’. The impacts of colonialism have been devastating to biodiversity, and therefore to people who live with close dependence on thriving ecosystems. In turn, the damage to the planet is escalating and impacting on all humans and species.
In these three learning sequences, pupils explore the many ways we can imagine alternative ways to live and communicate these ideas.
- Place knowledge: understand geographical differences and links between places through the study of human and physical geography of Jamaica and Nigeria
- Human and physical geography: understand how human and physical processes interact to influence and change landscapes, environments and the climate, and how human activity relies on the effective functioning of natural systems
Objectives and outcomes
- I have an understanding of the impact industry can have on the landscape and natural resources of a place
- I understand how human processes can affect the effective functioning of natural systems
- I can investigate the impact of colonialism by following a line of enquiry
- I can use a range of sources/evidence to explore the impact of colonialism
- I can recognise how we might use creativity and critical thinking to influence how we interact with landscapes, environment and the climate
- I have shown inquisitiveness in how I approach an independent exploration
- I have developed my questioning and research skills to widen and deepen my understanding
Creative habit: Being inquisitive
These sequences focus on the skills of being curious and inquisitive – creative habits at the very heart of what it means to be a creative learner.
Pupils will focus on enquiry-led learning, challenges and tricky questions where there aren’t simple or immediate answers. They will foster independent exploration and develop confidence in a range of questioning techniques.
In this short CPD video, Bridget McKenzie and Beckie Leach McDonald from Climate Museum UK talk through Getting to the Why Questions and Playful experimentation – the two warm up activities in Lesson 1 of the resource.
Follow on task: try the same exercise coming up with as many questions as you can about a chosen object. Which ones make you most inquisitive? Can you try and come up with a question you’re certain will never be answered?
Assessment for learning
Bridget and Beckie offer some tips and guidance for supporting students, measuring success, and embedding the creative habit of inquisitiveness explored in the resource.
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