While studying Physical Geography, students in grade 7 should be able to “explain the concept of sustainable development and its implications for the health of the environment.” (Ministry of Education, Ontario Curriculum Documents). Concepts as these sometimes become too difficult to understand because students have not had many life experiences outside their community let alone rural life. As I program plan, I have found that visuals and videos are helpful tools. I would like to share two wonderful videos that I have just recently found. Both videos demonstrate key concepts about farming, sustainability, human factors and activity and the connection to them. I know I will be using these videos to elaborate and start a conversation about these concepts.
The first video is entitled “Pickering Lands”. This video is a presentation about the Pickering Lands close to Toronto, Ontario. It delves into how and why the lands were expropriated and the loss it has presented over the years for the farming community and all the communities around it. Here is the link:
The second video I found on Facebook, it is a fantastic video with great visuals and concise information about importing and exporting food and the farming industry. Here is this video:
Let us know what you think of these videos and if you have any other ones, do share!