Every Action Counts ๐ŸŒŸ

Responsible consumption is not just a choice but a necessity for a sustainable future. Each of us can make a difference with our daily decisions. Letโ€™s commit to responsible habits that align with SDG 12 and work towards a more sustainable world. ๐ŸŒ

A Collective Effort for Our Oceans ๐Ÿค

Responsible consumption is not just a choice but a necessity for a sustainable future. Each of us can make a difference with our daily decisions. Letโ€™s commit to responsible habits that align with SDG 12 and work towards a more sustainable world. ๐ŸŒ


Sustainable Development Goal 12, or SDG 12, is all about making sure we use our planet's resources wisely and carefully. It's like when we make sure not to waste food or when we recycle things instead of throwing them away. SDG 12 wants everyone, from big companies to people like you and me, to think about how we can reduce waste and help keep our planet healthy and happy. This means learning how to shop, eat, and live in ways that don't hurt the Earth, so it can be a beautiful home for us and all the animals and plants that live here too! ๐ŸŒโ™ป๏ธ๐Ÿ

These questions encourage students to think critically about their actions and their broader impact on the planet in line with SDG 12's objectives.

  1. How can our everyday shopping choices impact the environment?
  2. Why is it important to reduce, reuse, and recycle?
  3. What role do sustainable brands play in achieving SDG 12?
  4. How can conserving energy and water contribute to more sustainable consumption and production patterns?
  5. Why is educating others about responsible consumption essential for a sustainable future?
  6. How can sustainable farming practices help reduce environmental degradation and promote sustainable consumption and production patterns?
  7. What are some examples of sustainable farming practices that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve soil health?
  8. How can consumers make more sustainable choices when shopping for food and other products?
  9. What are some ways that businesses can reduce their environmental impact and promote sustainable consumption and production patterns?
  10. How can we ensure that everyone has access to healthy and sustainable food options, regardless of where they live or their income level?

Goal-Problem-Solution Scenario ๐ŸŽฏ

The Goal Problem Solution (GPS) method is a three-part structured summary:
Goal: The goal you are trying to achieve
Problem: The problem that is preventing you from reaching your goal
Solution: What I/we/you are going to do to solve the problem

Here is a simplified GPS framework designed to make these concepts accessible and actionable for students in Stages 2 and 3 investigating SDG 12


Our goal is to make sure that everyone uses the Earth's resources wisely so that we have enough for everyone now and in the future. We want to help the planet by reducing waste and pollution, making sure everything we use and make is done in a way that doesn't harm our environment.


The problem is that a lot of what we buy and use every day ends up being wasted. This includes things like food, clothes, and plastic items. When we throw things away, they can end up polluting the land and the oceans, harming animals, and plants, and even affecting people's health. Also, making all these products uses a lot of the Earth's resources, like water and energy, and can create more pollution.


To solve this problem, we can all start by being more careful about what we buy and trying to use things for as long as possible. We can:

  • Reduce: Try to use less of everything. For example, turning off lights when we're not in a room or using both sides of the paper.
  • Reuse: Use things more than once instead of throwing them away. We can wear clothes many times, use containers to store food instead of plastic wrap, and give toys we don't play with anymore to someone else who would like them.
  • Recycle: When we can't use something anymore, we can recycle it so it gets turned into something new instead of ending up in the rubbish.

As students, we can also help by learning about sustainable farming and encouraging our families to buy food that is grown in ways that are good for the Earth. We can participate in clean-up activities to keep our communities clean and share what we've learned about being good to our planet with others.

By making these changes, we can help achieve our goal of using the Earth's resources in a way that is safe and fair for everyone, now and in the future.

This approach integrates SDG 12 into the learning process, fostering a responsible attitude towards consumption and production from a young age.

Project Ideas ๐Ÿ’ก

SDG 12 Project: Understanding Our Food Supply Chain โ€“ see background below.

Objective: To help students in Stages 2 and 3 grasp the complexities of the food supply chain and its significance in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production. This project aims to engage students in exploring how sustainable farming, transportation, waste reduction, and local produce contribute to a more sustainable world.

Project Components:

  1. Sustainable Farming Virtual Tour:
    • Goal: To learn about sustainable farming practices directly from the source.
    • Activity: Arrange a virtual tour with a local farmer who employs sustainable practices like crop rotation, organic farming, and permaculture. Following the tour, students will create informative posters or digital presentations summarizing their key learnings, such as the benefits of organic farming and how it helps protect the environment.
    • Outcome: Students will gain firsthand insight into how sustainable farming practices are implemented and their environmental benefits.
  2. Transportation Impact Research:
    • Goal: To understand the environmental impact of transporting food.
    • Activity: Students will research various transportation methods used to move food from farms to markets, including their carbon footprints. They'll present their findings to the class, focusing on identifying the most and least sustainable transportation methods.
    • Outcome: Students will appreciate the significance of transportation choices in the food supply chain and their environmental impacts.
  3. Food Waste Audit:
    • Goal: To identify and reduce food waste in the classroom or at home.
    • Activity: Conduct a week-long food waste audit within the classroom or encourage students to do it at home. Students will record the amount of food wasted and brainstorm practical strategies to reduce it, drawing inspiration from successful initiatives by food wholesalers and retailers.
    • Outcome: Students will become more aware of food waste issues and engage in creative problem-solving to reduce waste.
  4. Local Produce Campaign:
    • Goal: To promote the benefits of buying local produce.
    • Activity: Students will design a campaign to encourage their school and community to support local farmers by purchasing local produce. The campaign can include posters, digital content, and a presentation on the environmental and economic benefits of local produce, such as reduced packaging waste and transportation emissions.
    • Outcome: Students will understand the importance of supporting local agriculture and how it contributes to sustainable consumption and production patterns.

This SDG 12 project encourages students to actively engage with the food supply chain and understand their role in promoting sustainable practices. Through research, audits, and creative campaigns, students will not only learn about responsible consumption and production but also become advocates for sustainability in their communities.

Supporting Resources:

To aid in delivering this project, here are some Australian resources tailored for young learners:

  • Sustainable Schools NSW (For All Components): Provides teaching resources and project ideas for embedding sustainability into the curriculum.
    URL: Sustainable Schools NSW
  • OzHarvest FEAST (For Food Waste Audit): OzHarvestโ€™s education program offers resources on food waste and sustainability for teachers and students.
    URL: OzHarvest FEAST

For students in stages 2 and 3 interested in learning about sustainable agricultural practices in Australia, the following resources provide valuable information, interactive learning experiences, and insight into real-world applications of these practices. These resources are tailored to young learners, making complex concepts accessible and engaging.

  1. Junior Landcare
    • Focus: General sustainability, including aspects of sustainable farming.
    • Resource: Offers learning activities and projects that introduce young people to sustainable land care practices, including soil health and water conservation.
    • URL: Junior Landcare
  2. CSIRO Education and Outreach
    • Focus: Science and sustainability.
    • Resource: Provides a variety of resources on environmental science, including agriculture and conservation practices. Their materials make complex scientific concepts accessible for young learners.
    • URL: CSIRO Education
  3. Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
    • Focus: Sustainable gardening and food education.
    • Resource: Encourages educators to integrate garden-based learning, focusing on growing a variety of crops and understanding the importance of fresh, sustainable food.
    • URL: Kitchen Garden Foundation
  4. Australian Water Association - Education
    • Focus: Water conservation and management.
    • Resource: Offers educational materials and programs that highlight the importance of water efficiency and conservation, relevant to agricultural water management practices.
    • URL: Australian Water Association
  5. Landcare Australia
    • Focus: Environmental management and sustainable practices.
    • Resource: Provides information on how communities can get involved in land care and sustainable agricultural practices, including agroforestry and soil conservation.
    • URL: Landcare Australia
  6. Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) - Education
    • Focus: Renewable energy.
    • Resource: Offers resources on how renewable energy can be used in various sectors, including agriculture, to promote sustainability.
    • URL: ARENA
  7. Farming Secrets
    • Focus: Sustainable farming techniques.
    • Resource: Offers courses, videos, and articles on various sustainable farming practices, including conservation tillage and integrated pest management, shared by farmers and experts.
    • URL: Farming Secrets

These resources can support teachers in delivering engaging and informative content on sustainable agricultural practices, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of sustainable farming among students. By exploring these practices, students can learn about their vital role in ensuring ecological balance and the long-term health of our planet.


The role of the food supply chain in responsible production involves:

  • Farmers: Adopting sustainable farming practices that focus on conserving resources, reducing environmental impact, and maintaining the economic stability of farms.
    Here's a list of such practices:
    1. Crop Rotation: Planting different crops in succession on the same land to improve soil health and reduce pests and diseases.
    2. Cover Cropping: Growing specific crops to cover the soil rather than for harvest. This improves soil fertility, prevents erosion, and suppresses weeds.
    3. Agroforestry: Integrating trees and shrubs into agricultural landscapes to enhance biodiversity, reduce erosion, and improve water quality.
    4. Conservation Tillage: Reducing or eliminating ploughing to maintain organic soil matter, reduce erosion, and conserve water.
    5. Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Using ecological methods to control pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical pesticides.
    6. Managed Grazing: Rotating livestock through pastures to prevent overgrazing, improve plant growth, and increase soil fertility.
    7. Water Management: Implementing efficient irrigation practices that conserve water, such as drip irrigation or rainwater harvesting.
    8. Renewable Energy Use: Incorporating renewable energy sources, like solar or wind power, to run farm operations.
    9. Polyculture and Biodiversity: Growing multiple crop species in the same space to mimic natural ecosystems, enhancing resilience and reducing the need for inputs.
    These practices aim to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly approach to farming, ensuring long-term agricultural productivity and ecological balance.
  • Transport Companies: Utilizing efficient logistics and cleaner transportation methods to reduce carbon emissions.
  • Wholesalers: Implementing practices to reduce food waste and ensure fair trade, supporting sustainable sourcing.
  • Retailers: Offering sustainably produced products, promoting local produce, and reducing packaging waste to encourage responsible consumption among consumers.

This framework emphasizes the importance of each stakeholder in promoting sustainability throughout the food supply chain.

"Climate Quest: Uncovering the Impact on Our Food" - Exploring the Impact of Climate Change on Food Production.

Climate change isn't just about warmer temperatures or more frequent storms; it directly affects the food we eat every day. How? Let's dive in and explore together!

What is Climate Change? Climate change refers to significant changes in global temperatures and weather patterns over time. While climate change is a natural part of Earth's history, human activities have accelerated these changes, especially through the release of greenhouse gases.

Why Investigate Its Impact on Food Production? Food production - from planting seeds to harvesting crops - depends heavily on specific climate conditions. Changes in these conditions can significantly impact what food can grow, how much of it we can produce, and where it can be grown.

Areas of Investigation:

  • Temperature Changes: How does an increase in temperature affect plant growth and animal health? Investigate how even a small temperature rise can lead to changes in crop yields and livestock productivity.
  • Water Availability: Explore how changing rainfall patterns and water scarcity are impacting irrigation practices, crop choices, and food security.
  • Extreme Weather Events: Look into how droughts, floods, and storms not only destroy crops but also disrupt the supply chain, making food more expensive and less accessible.
  • Pests and Diseases: Learn about how warmer climates expand the range of many pests and diseases that affect crops, reducing yields and increasing the need for pesticides.

Project Ideas:

  1. Climate Diary: Keep a diary of local weather conditions and note any changes in food prices or availability in your community. Try to connect the dots between climate events and food production.
  2. Grow Your Own: Experiment with growing different plants under varied conditions that mimic climate change scenarios, such as increased temperature or limited water.
  3. Interview a Farmer: Reach out to local farmers or agricultural experts to understand how climate change affects their farming practices and crop choices.
  4. Create a Campaign: Develop an awareness campaign highlighting the importance of sustainable farming practices that can mitigate the impact of climate change on food production.

Your Role: As young investigators, your insights and actions can contribute to a greater understanding and awareness of the importance of sustainable food production in the face of climate change.

For students in Stages 2 and 3 looking to explore the impact of climate change on food production through the "Climate Quest: Uncovering the Impact on Our Food" project, here are some Australian resources that can support their learning journey. These resources provide information, activities, and interactive experiences to help students understand the complex relationship between climate change and food security:

  1. CSIRO Education Resources
    • Overview: CSIRO offers a wealth of educational materials on climate science and agriculture, tailored to young learners. Their resources can help students grasp the scientific basis of climate change and its effects on food production.
    • URL: CSIRO Education
  2. Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Education
    • Overview: The BOM provides detailed climate and weather information, including data on temperature changes, rainfall patterns, and extreme weather events. This resource can support investigations into how these factors affect food production.
    • URL: BOM Education
  3. Junior Landcare
    • Overview: Junior Landcare encourages young people to play an active role in ensuring the safe future of their environment. It offers resources on sustainable farming practices and projects that can help mitigate climate change impacts.
    • URL: Junior Landcare
  4. ABC Education - Environment
    • Overview: ABC Education provides videos, interactive resources, and articles on environmental issues, including climate change. It's a great tool for students researching the effects of climate change on agriculture and food security.
    • URL: ABC Education - Environment
  5. Sustainable Schools NSW
    • Overview: This platform supports schools in becoming more sustainable. It offers lesson plans and activities focused on sustainability, climate change, and food production, suitable for primary students.
    • URL: Sustainable Schools NSW
  6. Cool Australia - Climate Change
    • Overview: Cool Australia provides lesson plans and learning activities on climate change, including its impact on agriculture and food security. These resources are designed to be engaging and informative for young students.
    • URL: Cool Australia - Climate Change
  7. Garden Organicโ€™s Schools Programme
    • Overview: Though based in the UK, Garden Organicโ€™s resources on organic gardening and sustainable food production can be adapted by Australian teachers. Their activities on growing food and understanding the environmental impact of food choices are valuable for this project.
    • URL: Garden Organic - Schools
  8. National Geographic Kids Australia
    • Overview: Offers educational content on a wide range of topics, including climate change and sustainability. The interactive resources and information can inspire students to take action on climate change and understand its global impacts.
    • URL: National Geographic Kids
  9. Eco Schools Gardens - NSW Environmental Trust
    • Overview: The Eco Schools Gardens program by the NSW Environmental Trust provides funding and support for schools to create garden projects that foster environmental learning and sustainable practices. Although the program is marked as closed, the website offers valuable insights and inspiration for school garden projects, which can be an excellent hands-on way for students to learn about sustainable food production and the impact of climate change on agriculture.
    • URL: Eco Schools Gardens

Utilising these resources, students can embark on a comprehensive exploration of how climate change affects food production, engage in hands-on activities, and develop projects that contribute to their understanding of sustainable practices in agriculture.

Let's start exploring and become champions for a sustainable future!

The fashion industry

The fashion industry plays a crucial role in responsible production by focusing on sustainable practices. This includes using eco-friendly materials, reducing waste through circular fashion models, implementing fair labour practices, minimizing carbon footprint in production and transportation, and encouraging recycling and upcycling of garments. The industry is increasingly adopting transparency in supply chains, allowing consumers to make informed choices that support environmental and social responsibility. For detailed, current information on the fashion industry's role in responsible production, I recommend consulting specific fashion sustainability reports or industry guidelines available online.

For students to explore sustainable fashion, consider these projects:

  1. Fashion Footprint Analysis: Research and calculate the environmental impact of clothing production, from water usage to carbon emissions, presenting findings in a report or presentation.
  2. Sustainable Fashion Design: Design a mini clothing line using sustainable materials and methods. This could include upcycling old clothes or creating designs that minimize waste.
  3. Ethical Fashion Debate: Organize a debate on the pros and cons of fast fashion versus sustainable fashion, focusing on environmental, economic, and social aspects.
  4. Sustainable Fashion Brand Study: Choose a sustainable fashion brand and investigate their practices, from sourcing materials to labour policies, and present how they contribute to responsible production.

These projects encourage critical thinking about fashion consumption and production, highlighting the industry's and individuals' roles in promoting sustainability.


To support students in exploring the sustainable fashion industry and engaging with projects that highlight responsible production, here are several resources tailored to young learners. These resources provide valuable information on sustainable practices within the fashion industry, including eco-friendly materials, waste reduction, fair labour practices, and more.

  1. Fashion Revolution
    • Overview: An global movement calling for greater transparency, sustainability, and ethics in the fashion industry. Their resources for educators and students include information packs and activities focused on understanding the impact of fashion on people and the planet.
    • URL: Fashion Revolution - Education
  2. The True Cost
    • Overview: A documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet. It can serve as a powerful educational tool to spark discussions on the consequences of fast fashion and the importance of sustainable practices.
    • URL: The True Cost
  3. Good On You
    • Overview: A platform providing ratings for fashion brands based on their sustainability, labour rights, and animal welfare practices. It's a great resource for students researching sustainable fashion brands.
    • URL: Good On You
  4. Ellen MacArthur Foundation - Circular Economy in Fashion
    • Overview: Offers resources on how the principles of a circular economy can be applied to fashion, focusing on designing out waste and promoting a more sustainable industry.
    • URL: Circular Economy and Fashion
  5. Redress
    • Overview: An environmental NGO working to reduce waste in the fashion industry. They provide educational resources and competitions to inspire the next generation of environmentally conscious designers.
    • URL: Redress
  6. United Nations - Sustainable Fashion
    • Overview: Offers insights into the role of sustainable fashion in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a focus on responsible consumption and production.
    • URL: UN Alliance for Sustainable Fashion
  7. Global Fashion Agenda
    • Overview: Focuses on setting a common agenda for the fashion industry to drive sustainability transformation, with reports and resources that can inform students about the challenges and opportunities in making fashion more sustainable.
    • URL: Global Fashion Agenda
  8. Clean Clothes Campaign
    • Overview: A leading alliance of labour unions and NGOs fighting for better working conditions and advocating for the rights of workers in the clothing industry. Useful for students exploring ethical labour practices in fashion.
    • URL: Clean Clothes Campaign

Utilizing these resources, students can dive into various aspects of sustainable and ethical fashion, from the design and production processes to consumer choices and global impacts. These projects not only enhance their understanding of the fashion industry's role in responsible production but also encourage them to think critically about their consumption habits and the broader implications for society and the environment.

Gamification Options ๐Ÿ‘พ

To engage students in Stage 2 and 3 with sustainable food and fibre production and consumption through gamification, consider these options:

  • Sustainable Farm Tycoon: An interactive game where students manage a virtual farm, making decisions on crop rotation, organic farming, and sustainable livestock management to maximize sustainability and profits.
  • Eco-Fashion Designer: A game that challenges students to create fashion items using sustainable materials and processes, considering the environmental impact at every stage.
  • Recycle Rally: A race to collect and correctly sort recyclable materials in the fastest time, emphasizing the importance of recycling in sustainable production.
  • Water Wise Challenge: A game that simulates the effects of different water conservation methods in agriculture and textile production, teaching the value of water efficiency.

These activities encourage exploration of sustainable practices in a fun, interactive manner, promoting understanding and commitment to sustainability in food and fibre production.


To incorporate gamification into teaching sustainable food and fibre production and consumption for students in Stages 2 and 3, here are some Australian resources that can help create or support similar educational gaming experiences. While direct equivalents of the described games might not exist, these resources provide platforms, tools, and content that can be adapted to gamified learning experiences focused on sustainability:

  • ABC Education
    • Overview: Offers a variety of educational games, videos, and interactive lessons covering a wide range of subjects, including science and geography, which can be adapted to focus on sustainability topics.
  • Cool Australia
    • Overview: Provides lesson plans and resources focused on environmental education and sustainability. Teachers can find content here to inspire the creation of gamified learning experiences around sustainable practices.
  • CSIRO Education
    • Overview: Offers resources and programs for teachers and students that encourage an interest in science and sustainability. Their activities can be the basis for developing games like "Water Wise Challenge."
  • Sustainability in Schools (Australian Government)
    • Overview: Provides a guide to sustainability in Australian schools, with resources and case studies that can inspire gamified teaching methods.
  • National Geographic Kids Australia
    • Overview: Features educational games, videos, and activities about animals, science, and geography. While not exclusively Australian, the content can support global perspectives on sustainability.
  • Planet Arkโ€™s Schools Recycle Right Challenge
    • Overview: Offers a wide range of recycling-themed activities, resources, and challenges that could inspire the "Recycle Rally" game concept.
  • Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation
    • Overview: Encourages educators to integrate garden-based learning, which could be gamified into activities like "Sustainable Farm Tycoon."

These resources can support the creation of engaging, educational games and activities that highlight the importance of sustainable practices. While direct game links are not provided, educators are encouraged to use these platforms as a foundation for developing custom gamified learning experiences tailored to their students' interests and the curriculum objectives of Stages 2 and 3.

  1. Australian Agriculture: Virtual Farming Experience
    • Resource Suggestion: Agriculture Victoriaโ€™s Virtual Farm
      • Description: While not a game in the traditional sense, this virtual platform allows students to explore various aspects of farming and agriculture through an interactive online environment, which could serve as a foundation for "Sustainable Farm Tycoon."
      • URL: Agriculture Victoria
  2. Eco-Fashion Design Challenge
    • Resource Suggestion: The National Wool Museumโ€™s Educational Resources
      • Description: Offers resources on wool production and its environmental impact. Teachers can use this material to create an "Eco-Fashion Designer" game, where students use sustainable wool to design clothing.
      • URL: National Wool Museum
  3. Water Wise Challenge Resources
    • Resource Suggestion: Smart Water Advice - Educational Resources
      • Description: Offers lesson plans and activities on water conservation which can be adapted into the "Water Wise Challenge" game, helping students understand the impact of various water-saving strategies in agriculture.
      • URL: Smart Water Advice
Additional Gamification Tools and Resources

Game based platforms.

To enhance interactive learning about sustainable food and fibre production and consumption through gamification for students in Stages 2 and 3, using platforms like Kahoot! can be highly effective. Kahoot! allows educators to create fun and engaging quizzes, discussions, and surveys that can make learning about sustainability concepts more interactive and enjoyable. Here are a few resources like Kahoot! that can support these educational goals:

  • Kahoot!
    • Overview: A game-based learning platform that enables teachers to create quizzes and interactive games. Educators can design their quizzes on topics such as sustainable farming practices, recycling, and water conservation to engage students in a competitive and fun learning environment.
  • Quizizz
    • Overview: Similar to Kahoot!, Quizizz offers teachers the ability to create and host live quizzes as well as assign them as homework. It's great for reinforcing lessons on sustainability, with instant feedback and a gamified experience.
  • Socrative
    • Overview: A classroom app for fun, effective engagement and on-the-fly assessments. Socrative can be used to create quizzes, polls, and games focusing on the importance of SDG 12 and related sustainability topics.
  • Flip
    • Overview: Flip is a social learning platform that allows students to create and share short videos on specific topics. Teachers can create "grids" related to different aspects of sustainable production and consumption, inviting students to share their ideas and solutions in a dynamic way.
  • Padlet
    • Overview: While not a quiz platform, Padlet can be used to create an interactive board where students post their findings, ideas, and resources about sustainable practices. It's a great way to compile information on sustainable agriculture and consumption in a visually engaging format.
  • Edpuzzle
    • Overview: This platform allows you to make any video your lesson. Choose a video, give it your magic touch and track your students' comprehension. Edpuzzle can be utilized to create interactive video lessons on sustainable practices that students can engage with at their own pace.

These resources offer various ways to incorporate gamification into teaching and learning about sustainable practices in food and fibre production. By leveraging these platforms, educators can create interactive and compelling educational experiences that foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of SDG 12 among students.

Curriculum alignment ๐Ÿ“

Aligning educational activities with Sustainable Development Goal 12 (SDG 12), "Responsible Consumption and Production," within the Australian and NSW curriculum for students in Stages Two and Three, involves integrating themes of sustainability, recycling, energy conservation, and sustainable farming into various subject areas. Hereโ€™s how these themes can be integrated:

Australian Curriculum Alignment
Subject Area Content Descriptor Code(s) Content Descriptor SDG 12 Connection Example Activity
Mathematics ACMSP096, ACMSP118 (Stage 2) ACMSP144, ACMSP145 (Stage 3) Data Representation and Interpretation Impact of consumption patterns Students survey their households to gather data on waste production and recycling habits, then analyse and graph their findings.
Science ACSSU074 (Stage 2) ACSSU116 (Stage 3) Earth and Space Sciences Sustainable farming and energy conservation Research and present on the benefits of renewable energy sources and sustainable farming practices for the environment.
Technology ACTDIP020 (Stage 2) ACTDIP029 (Stage 3) Design and Technologies Promoting sustainable brands and solutions Design a campaign or a prototype for a product that encourages sustainable consumption, such as a reusable water bottle.
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) ACHASSK088 (Stage 2) ACHASSK139, ACHASSK140 (Stage 3) Geography Role of consumers and businesses in sustainability Explore how consumer choices and business practices can impact environmental sustainability and propose action plans for improvement.
English ACELT1608, ACELT1610 (Stage 2) ACELT1803, ACELT1612 (Stage 3) Literacy: Creating texts Communicating sustainability concepts Write persuasive texts or create informational brochures on the importance of recycling, reducing waste, and choosing sustainable products.
PDHPE ACPPS036 (Stage 2) ACPPS056 (Stage 3) Being healthy, safe, and active Healthy and sustainable food choices Discuss the link between personal health and environmental sustainability, encouraging the development of a healthy, sustainable menu for a week.
NSW Curriculum Alignment
Subject Area Content Descriptor Code(s) Content Descriptor SDG 12 Connection Example Activity
Mathematics MA2-1WM, MA3-1WM Working Mathematically Calculating environmental savings Students calculate the impact of reducing energy usage at school (e.g., through turning off lights) and present their findings.
Science ST2-11LW, ST3-11LW The Living World Exploring ecosystems and sustainability Investigate the impact of waste on local ecosystems and the benefits of composting and recycling programs.
Technology T2.2, T3.2 Technology Mandatory Creating sustainable solutions Develop a simple app or website to track and encourage recycling and composting efforts in the school community.
Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) HT2-5, HT3-5 History Historical perspectives on consumption Study historical changes in consumption patterns and their impacts on society and the environment, reflecting on lessons for today.
English EN2-2A, EN3-2A English Articulating ideas about sustainability Create narrative stories or digital storytelling projects that explore themes of sustainability and responsible consumption.
PDHPE PD2-7, PD3-7 PDHPE Advocating for sustainable lifestyles Lead a class project to promote sustainable practices within the school, such as a zero-waste challenge or a school garden.

Example Activities Explained:

  • Everyday Shopping Choices and Environment: In HASS, students could explore the impact of consumer choices on the environment by researching different products and their production processes, leading to class discussions on making more sustainable shopping choices.
  • Importance of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Science classes can undertake projects to examine the lifecycle of products and the importance of recycling, including conducting waste audits and proposing recycling initiatives.
  • Sustainable Brands and Consumer Choices: Through Technology, students can design digital campaigns or prototypes that promote sustainable brands or educate others on how to identify and support them.
  • Energy and Water Conservation: Mathematics activities might involve calculating the savings from conserving energy and water, using real data to understand the impact of conservation efforts.
  • Educating Others on Responsible Consumption: In English, students are encouraged to write persuasive essays or speeches that aim to educate and convince others of the importance of responsible consumption practices.

These tables provide structured ways to integrate SDG 12 into both the Australian and NSW curriculums, ensuring students across various subjects engage with critical issues of responsible consumption and production. These activities aim to promote awareness, critical thinking, and active participation in sustainability efforts.

Cross-Curricular collaboration ๐Ÿ–‡๏ธ

Project Title: "From Seed to Shelf: A Sustainable Journey"

Objective: To engage students in Stages 2 and 3 in understanding the importance of sustainable food and fibre production and consumption, aligning with Sustainable Development Goal 12. This interdisciplinary project combines Science, Geography, Mathematics, English, Art, Drama, Social Studies, and Digital Technology to explore the journey of food and fibre from its source to the consumer, emphasizing sustainability at each step.

Project Overview:

  • Science and Geography Integration:
    Students start by investigating the basics of plant growth and animal husbandry, coupled with the examination of different agricultural regions globally. They explore how various climates and locations influence sustainable food and fibre production.
  • Mathematics and Science Data Analysis:
    Leveraging mathematics, students will analyse data from plant growth experiments or waste reduction studies in food production. They'll calculate growth rates, yields, and evaluate composting methods' efficiency, presenting their findings through graphs and reports.
  • English and Science Reporting:
    Following their research and experiments, students will craft reports or persuasive essays advocating for sustainable improvements in food and fibre production. This activity will hone their writing skills and deepen their scientific understanding.
  • Art and Design Technology:
    Creativity flourishes as students design eco-friendly packaging for sustainably produced food items. They'll use recycled materials, focusing on minimal environmental impact and the role of design in promoting sustainability.
  • Drama and Social Studies:
    Dramatic expression meets social awareness as students perform plays or skits addressing the social and environmental implications of production and consumption choices. Themes might include fair trade, food waste, and local sourcing benefits.
  • Digital Technology and Geography:
    Utilizing digital mapping tools, students will trace food's journey from farm to table, including production, processing, and transportation stages. This segment aims to illuminate the global supply chain and associated carbon footprints.

Implementation Steps:

  1. Introduction and Team Formation:
    Introduce the project's objectives and form multidisciplinary teams, ensuring a mix of interests and skills among students.
  2. Research and Experimentation:
    Each team undertakes specific tasks aligned with the cross-curricular components, gathering data, and conducting experiments or creative projects.
  3. Analysis and Creation:
    Students analyse their findings, design their projects (e.g., packaging, plays), and prepare presentations or written reports.
  4. Showcase and Reflection:
    Organize a school-wide showcase where students present their projects. Include a reflection session to discuss what they learned about sustainability in food and fibre production.
  5. Community Engagement:
    Extend the project's impact by sharing outcomes with the local community or engaging in a community service project related to sustainable food and fibre production.



"From Seed to Shelf: A Sustainable Journey" empowers students to connect interdisciplinary knowledge with the real-world challenge of achieving SDG 12. Through collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of sustainability in our food and fibre systems, preparing them as informed global citizens committed to a sustainable future.

Cross-curricular projects, especially those focusing on sustainable food and fibre production and consumption, support the development of General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. Here's how such a project aligns with these capabilities:

  1. Literacy:
    Researching and writing reports or essays enhances students' ability to interpret and communicate complex ideas about sustainability and responsible production.
  2. Numeracy:
    Analysing data related to plant growth, yield, or the efficiency of composting methods requires mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  3. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability:
    Using digital mapping tools and creating digital presentations on food journey or sustainable practices foster digital literacy.
  4. Critical and Creative Thinking:
    Investigating sustainable practices, designing eco-friendly packaging, and solving problems related to food waste encourages students to think critically and creatively about real-world issues.
  5. Personal and Social Capability:
    Working collaboratively on projects, participating in community clean-ups, and engaging in debates about ethical fashion foster teamwork, empathy, and social awareness.
  6. Ethical Understanding:
    Exploring the social and environmental impacts of production choices helps students understand the importance of ethical considerations in consumption.
  7. Intercultural Understanding:
    Learning about how different communities around the world produce and consume food and fibre can enhance students' appreciation for diverse practices and perspectives.

By integrating these capabilities, the project not only deepens students' understanding of SDG 12 but also equips them with essential skills and values for navigating and contributing positively to their world.


From Idea to Impact

Program Overview

"From Idea to Impact" is a dynamic online course tailored for young innovators aged 10-18 years, aiming to transform budding ideas into actionable project plans. Leveraging the 'GPS Sentence' model, the course instils in students the foundational skills of project planning, including goal setting, problem identification, and solution formulation. Through interactive modules and the 'Project Canvas' tool, students are guided from conceptualization to the creation of a detailed project plan.

Outcomes for Young People and Adults

For Young People:

  • Develop the ability to generate and refine project ideas.
  • Learn structured goal-setting and problem-solving methodologies.
  • Gain insights into identifying stakeholders and gathering resources.
  • Acquire skills in measuring project success and understanding project management fundamentals.
  • Enhance presentation skills and the ability to collaborate andreceive feedback.

For Adults:

  • Build confidence in supporting youth in project planning.
  • Enhance their knowledge with additional resources and practical application exercises.
  • Foster a supportive environment for mentoring, offering clear evaluation tools.
  • Encourage practical application and mentorship, leading to recognition of efforts.

Curriculum Alignment

The course aligns with the Australian Curriculum across various stages and subjects, providing a structured approach to developing key competencies:

  • Empowering Idea Generation: Linked with Arts and Science codes, encouraging creative and scientific inquiry.
  • Structured Goal Planning and Stakeholder Awareness: Integrates Mathematics and HASS, focusing on problem-solving and global economic awareness.
  • Success Measurement and Project Management: Correlates with Science and Design and Technologies, emphasizing data analysis and project organization.
  • Project Canvas Development and Presentation Skills: Associated with Design and Technologies and English, fostering solution development and effective communication.

"From Idea to Impact" not only aligns with educational standards but also enriches student learning experiences by bridging theoretical knowledge with practical application, supporting both students and teachers in navigating the complexities of project planning and execution.

2. Catalyst Coaches

Program Overview

"Catalyst Coaches" is an innovative online course designed to empower educators with the knowledge and tools needed to guide students in creating impactful projects aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The course covers foundational SDG knowledge, youth dynamics, project ideation, planning, facilitation of student-led projects, technology integration, impact assessment, and sharing successes.

Outcomes for Young People and Adults

For Educators:

  • Develop an understanding of the SDGs, learn strategies to facilitate youth-led projects effectively, and incorporate technology and media to enhance project visibility and impact.

For Students:

  • Through educator guidance, gain skills in project design and execution within the framework of the SDGs, enhancing their problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork abilities.

Curriculum Alignment

The course content is tailored to complement educational curriculums by embedding pedagogical insights with practical project-based learning tools. It aligns with key learning areas by fostering critical thinking, collaboration, digital literacy, and global citizenship among students, supporting educators to integrate these themes seamlessly into their teaching practices.

We respect and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on this land and commit to building a brighter future together.