003 - Resource stewardship and the UN SDGs

Geographic knowledge and understanding

Resource stewardship strategies, including:

- the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the progress made towards meeting them.

Key Concepts

The differing situations in countries impact their possibility for managing resources sustainably. Those countries that can effect change create the potential for an increasingly powerful nation.


  • To have knowledge and understanding of the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (that deal with resource stewardship strategies focusing on food, energy and water). To have knowledge of the progress made towards meeting those SDGs.

Key Terminology

            • Resource Stewardship

            • Resource efficiency

            • Transgressing planetary boundaries

            • Anthropocene

Define the words above my using the 'useful links' below.

Useful Links

Activity One - Describe

We often talk about the Sustainable Development Goals as if we know what all are as well as how we hope to achieve them. But what really are the Sustainable Development Goals and are they realistic to be be able to achieve? Watch the youtube clip below using videonot.es and make notes on:

                  • What the SDGs are.

                  • How the Millennium Development Goals were successful.

                  • What we can learn from the Millennium Development Goals?

                  • What the social index is.

                  • If the Sustainable Development Goals can be achieved.

Activity Two - Sustainable Development Goals

We are going to focus on three main Sustainable Development Goals:

                • Goal Two - End hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

                • Goal Six - Clean Water and Sanitation

                • Goal Seven - Affordable and Clean Energy

Part One

The group is going to be divided into three teams which will then be given a specific goal to focus on. Each team will need to research and record the following points on LucidPress/ Google Drawing.

        1. Write one sentence from the introduction of the goal which shows how it links to resource stewardship.

        2. Record two facts or figures linking the goal to resource stewardship.

        3. Describe three of the goals' targets that link to resource stewardship.

        4. Include two visualisations to show the achievements so far.

        5. Write two paragraphs to describe and explain the progress so far made towards meeting that SDG.

Part Two

Now each team has found the information and recorded it clearly on Lucidpress. Two of you are now going to be nominated as the experts from each team and they are to inform another team about what they have found. Those listening will take notes from the experts - this will be done on paper. Each team will rotate around the goals. Once the original teams are back together those who listened will become the experts and teach the original 'experts' the information.

Useful Resources

United Nations - Sustainable Development Goals

The World Bank - Sustainable Development Goals

SDG Tracker

UN SDG Progress Report 2020 - don't panic when you open up this, only read the section for your SDG.

Student Examples - Lucidpress/Google Drawing



Zero Hunger


Clean Water and Sanitation


Affordable and Clean Energy


Sustainable Development Goals - Goal 6 - Water.pdf
Sutainable Development Goals - Goal 7 - Energy.pdf


Exam Style Question

For a named Sustainable Development Goal, explain how one of its targets can be viewed as a resource stewardship approach. [4 marks]