Not on Our Soil – Community and Climate Change

Within the global sustainable development picture lies many contrasting contexts in which the factors that contribute to a nations development differ tremendously. South Africa's scenario is exceptionally unique, predominantly due to the high levels of inequality that exist. Hence, conversations around sustainability and sustainable development are going to differ massively from within various communities and contexts. This module challenges learners to critically think about these differences and how South African communities can start contributing to its broader sustainable development. Learners will be agents of awareness by creating an informative poster designed to educate community members on persisting issues, their complex solutions and a few organisations working within that particular issue. Through the process, learners will engage with the linkages between social, economic and environmental factors in society, which provide a basic understanding of sustainable development.


What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources
  • 1 x Post-screening workshop lesson plan
  • 4 x Lesson plans
  • 3 x Teacher presentations
  • 3 x Teacher presentation notes
Learner resources
  • 1 x Learner workbook
Video resources
  • 1 x Docuseries video: Not on our Soil: Community
  • 1 x Instructional emphasis video

Aims & Objectives

These lessons will challenge learners to think critically about their understanding of the concept and role of community in the context of South Africa’s sustainable development journey. Embracing the complexity of social, economic and environmental factors in any discussion around sustainable development, learners are exposed to the uniqueness of the South African story in which the idea of sustainability may be differently realised between various contexts. In an attempt to raise awareness around a plethora of socio-environmental challenges to communities, learners are set to create an informative poster to share relevant information on both the issue and available solutions or organisations contributing towards solutions.

What you will learn

  • Lesson 1 | Immerse This first lesson will introduce learners to the core concepts relayed in this module and challenge learners to start thinking differently about the concept of community in a South African context.
  • Lesson 2 | Understand  This lesson builds upon the foundational knowledge set in lesson 1 in an attempt to facilitate the link between social, economic and environmental factors in discussions around the sustainable development of communities in South Africa
  • Lesson 3 | Perspectives  Learners get active in this lesson as they identify specific and relevant needs and injustices present in their own communities in an attempt to create an informative poster which creates wide-spread awareness within communities on both the issues and available solutions.
  • Lesson 4 | Empower  Learners are empowered by their sense of awareness creation and knowledge around the complexity of sustainable development within their communities as they apply the finishing touches to their community awareness poster.

Core concepts in this module

  • Social and environmental justice
  • Sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Inequality in South Africa
  • Relationship between social, economic and environmental factors
  • Climate change and climate change impacts
  • Community-led organisations
  • Community development
  • Social and community responsibilities in adapting to climate change

Module alignments

Grade | Ages Grade 10-11 | 15-17 years
CAPS Subject Life Orientation
Grade 10 alignment Life Orientation: Grade 10; Term 2: Social and environmental responsibility


  1. Contemporary social issues that impact negatively on local and global communities
    1. Concepts: Social and environmental justice
    2. Social issues and the harmful effects of these on personal and community health
  2. Social, constructive, and critical thinking skills to participate in civic life
    1. Youth service development: Youth and civic organisations
Grade 11 alignment Life Orientation: Grade 11; Term 2: Social and environmental responsibility


  1. Environmental issues that cause ill-health
    1. Impact of degradation on society and the environment
  2. Climate change: Causes, impacts, mitigation, and adaptation
  3. Participation in a community service that addresses a contemporary environmental issue

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Module Includes

  • 5 Lessons

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