002 - Income and Resource Consumption

Factual Question

How does a change in wealth impact resource consumption?

How does relative wealth cause global networks?


To be able to interpret 'mountain' graphs.

To be able to annotate images.

Key Terminology

            • Annotate

Define the key terms above by using the 'Useful Links' below:

Useful Links

Activity One - Reminder

This is to remind ourselves of what the ecological footprint is. Review the image below and draw how a person or countries ecological footprint is measured.

Image One - Taken from - Ecological Footprint

Activity Two - Mountain Graph

A mountain graph is a cumulative distribution graph. It is basically a range of compound bar graphs put together to show, in this case, the distribution of earnings per day per country. Gapminder is an organisation that aims to make numbers useful and beautiful. We are initially going to explore how we can manipulate the graph and then we are going to interpret it.

      1. Change the countries to focus on the whole world.

      2. Describe the changes in the percentage of the population who are in extreme poverty over time.

Activity Three - Assumptions

We often make assumptions about someone by how they dress, what they are carrying, or by what car they drive but this may not tell the whole story when considering how sustainable someone's life is. We are going to be using the resource 'Dollar Street' to discover and make assumptions about a family's ecological footprint by interpreting a series of photographs. You are going to produce a document that outlines the ecological footprint of a family of your choice.

Useful Resource

Dollar Street

Step One - Information

Factors to look for and record under the subheading 'Basic Information' when exploring 'Dollar Street'.

  • Country and county/state/province.

  • Family.

  • Jobs - Employment and hours worked per week.

  • Transport - What forms of transportation do they use? How far do they travel each week?

  • Home - What do they live in? What does it look like?

  • Food - What do they eat and where do they get their food from?

  • Energy - Where do they get their energy from?

  • Water - Where do they get their water from?

  • Waste - How much waste do they generate?

  • Can they save any money?

  • What are their ambitions?

Step Two - Hypothsis

Use the Global Footprint Network - Ecological Footprint to discover your family from Dollar Streets' ecological footprint. Use the information in step one to help you to do this.

Take screenshots of the answers to the questions on the Global Footprint Network and the relevant photographs from Dollar Street to explain why you answered as you did.

Step Three - Presentation

  1. Open a Google Doc and title your document 'name of the family you are investigating - Country the family is from - your name.

  2. Change the orientation of the page to landscape. (File - Page Setup - Landscape)

  3. Insert page numbers to the bottom right of each page. (Insert - Page Numbers - bottom right)

  4. Create two subheadings:

      • Basic Information

      • Assumptions

  5. Under the 'Assumptions' heading create a table with three columns and at least six rows. Name one column 'Assumptions', the second column 'Ecological Footprint', and the third column 'Evidence'.

  6. Fill in the assumptions that you have made about the family and their ecological footprint.

  7. Screenshot how you have answered the ecological footprint questions and add them to the table.

  8. Add evidence in the form of an annotated photograph/screenshots to illustrate why you have answered the ecological footprint questions as you have.

Dollar Street - Year 10 - Resources

Useful Resources

How will I be assessed?

This will be formally assessed using Criterion A, C, and Di.