Where we live offers a series of case studies and activities for students to explore the different ways in which our local environment is linked to others. It offers a framework for exploring the inter-relationship between development and environment issues. 

'The way we see it' sets the scene by considering the validity of different viewpoints and experiences, and the potential for conflicts of interest.  The energy theme is used to explore the idea of environmental cost and to introduce the concept of renewable and non- renewable resources. 

There are common questions that help enquiry in local situations in different parts of the world.  From each of these local situations there are also links which operate globally.  Human activity in one local situation can via global political, economic and natural links have an impact in another part of the world.  The case study of Antarctica highlights the global nature of this impact. 

The idea of sustainable development is key to many of the issues explored.  The basic idea of renewable and non-renewable resources are revisited, but the complexity of establishing effective sustainable policies becomes more evident. 

The key question - 'who decides?' is central to most development projects in any part of the world including our own.  The issues raised in the case study from Brazil to highlight questions about pressures on the environment and the difficulties of adopting a sustainable approach to development planning.  Similar questions arise as a result of even the most basic initiatives such as introducing recycling projects. 

The approaches used link to work in: Developing Geography and It’s our world too!

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