Geography Activities for a Sustainable and Just World

In this virtual session, participants will discover hands-on/minds-on activities that address global citizenship issues (e.g. environmental conservation and human rights) while building skills in critical thinking and using geographic tools. They will also explore ways to build knowledge and skills in the social sciences (geography, civics, economics and history), while applying learning to authentic problems.


Global citizenship is a mindset that cuts across disciplines. Within geography, it can be included in lessons on human settlements, urbanization, migration, land and water use, resource extraction and more. Students can then grasp the ethical considerations of the choices we make as an individuals and societies on how the human landscape changes over time.


Skill-building that cuts across the curriculum – critical thinking, recognizing bias, problem solving, articulating ideas and using new technology for research and modeling – will be addressed in the presented activities. All participants will receive electronic lesson plans with activity matches to the new provincial standards.


The presenters will begin the online session with an overview of the concepts to be addressed. They will then engage participants in activities that can be done in the traditional classroom or remotely. These include a simulation on resource extraction, an analysis of different types of climate change data, and a group activity to develop a set of measurable indicators for community sustainability. Participants will receive activity instructions, data charts and background reading on a password-protected website.

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W08 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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  • Lindsey Bailey

    Lindsey Bailey is the Senior Teacher Training Manager at Population Connection, where she has presented over 300 professional development programs in the U.S. and Canada since joining the staff in 2011. Prior to that, she was a teacher in Charlottesville, Virginia. (B.A., Sociology and  M.A.T., Elementary Education, University of Virginia).


  • Janet Ruest

    Janet Ruest retired two years ago from teaching Geography, History and Law at Chemainus Secondary School on Vancouver Island. She has been a Social Studies methodology instructor at Vancouver Island University. Janet is the BC representative for Canadian Geographic Education and a member of the Canadian Museum of History’s Teacher Advisory group. She is also a National Geographic Certified Teacher. (B.Ed., University of Victoria; M.A., Gonzaga University).