Module 6: Stuff
Regional Planning – ‘Stuff’
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This group activity allows the pupils to create their own sustainable transport plans for the region.
What to do:
As with the other themed modules the pupils will consolidate what they have learned during the session to inform their ideas for designing a more sustainable region in terms of the kind of industry and available commodities. The degree of detail you are able to go into will depend on the amount of time you have available. The aim is for pupils to look at their local environment with a fresh perspective – how sustainable are the current industries? How sustainable are the current trading patterns? What would happen if global trade suffered an unexpected setback – eg an oil shortage? How could the local economy and businesses become more resilient? What other considerations need to be kept in mind – are their enough jobs for everyone? Are they the kind of jobs that the pupils would like to do? Can they design a more resilient local economy?
The pupils might find it difficult to envisage such big changes to the local area. Remind them though of their earlier work. Pupils should understand that changes happen all the time due to constantly evolving situations, and that changes will continue to happen.
Let’s go to the shops!