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Nations United

Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times

Secondary

Description

This powerful presentation examines the Sustainable Development Goals and the necessary steps required to achieve them.  The film presents detailed, often passionate documentation of four current areas of crisis we face that must be addressed if we are to achieve a better, safer, more just and sustainable world.  Well-known celebrities and world leaders are able to deliver emotional descriptions of the most critical events playing out around the world in a way that communicates both a sense of urgency and optimism for the future.

Areas examined include:

  • Climate and the Planet
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • Gender Equality

The video is accompanied by suggestions for discussion.

General Assessment

Strengths

The video is current, compelling, highly informative and designed to engage young people.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource will be of particular interest to teachers and students of Environmental Science, World Issues, Social Justice and Citizenship programs. The film will ignite discussion about the urgent challenges we  face and the role of the Sustainable Development Goals in meeting them.  It will engage students in these issues and spark ideas for taking action. 

Relevant Curriculum Units

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  • Alberta
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    • Grade 10
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      • Social Studies
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        • Social Studies 10-2 (Living in a Globalizing World) Globalisation and Sustainable Prosperity
        • Social Studies 10-4 (Living in a Globalizing World) Globalisation and Sustainable Prosperity
  • British Columbia
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    • Grade 11
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 11: Human practices affect the sustainability of ecosystems
      • Social Studies
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        • Explorations in Social Studies 11: Social justice initiatives can transform individuals and systems
    • Grade 12
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.
      • Social Studies
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        • Social Justice: The causes of social injustice are complex and have lasting impacts on society
  • Manitoba
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    • Grade 12
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      • Geography
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        • World Geography: A Human Perspective - World Resources, Energy, and Environment
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        • Citizenship and Sustainability: Area of Inquiry: Peace and Conflict
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        • Area of Inquiry: Gender and Identity
        • Global Issues
        • Global Issues
        • Global Issues
        • Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability
  • New Brunswick
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    • Grade 12
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Introduction to Environmental Science 120: Sustainable Development
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        • World Issues 120: Humanity
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        • Social Studies 1201: Power, Citizenship, and Change
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        • Environmental Science 3205: Introduction to Environmental Science
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        • Social Studies 3201: Quality of Life
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        • Social Studies 10-2 (Living in a Globalizing World) Globalisation and Sustainable Prosperity
        • Social Studies 10-4(Living in a Globalizing World) Globalisation and Sustainable Prosperity
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        • Challenges in the Global Environment
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        • Global Politics 12: Global Citizen
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        • Social Studies 10-1(Perspectives on Globalization) Globalization & Sustainable Prosperity
        • Social Studies 10-2 (Living in a Globalizing World) Personal Response to Globalization
  • Ontario
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        • Environmental Science (Univ/College Prep.) Human Health and the Environment
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        • Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice (Workplace Pre.) Foundations
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        • World Issues: A Geographic Analysis (College Prep.):Sustainability and Stewardship
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        • Equity and Social Justice: From Theory to Practice (Univ./College Prep.) Addressing Equity and Social Justice Issues
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        • Canadian Studies 401A: Canada's Global Connections
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 621A: Introduction to Environmental Science
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        • Geography 621A Global Issues : Inquiry- What are the issues?
        • Geography 631A Global Issues: What are the issues?
  • Saskatchewan
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        • Social Studies 20: World Issues -Human Rights
  • Yukon Territory
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        • Environmental Science 11: Human practices affect the sustainability of ecosystems
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        • Explorations in Social Studies 11: Social justice initiatives can transform individuals and systems
    • Grade 12
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      • Environmental Science
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        • Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.
      • Social Studies
        • Step 4Relevant matches
        • Social Justice: The causes of social injustice are complex and have lasting impacts on society

Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Economics (1)

    • Poverty Reduction
  • Human Health & Environment (1)

    • Quality of Life
  • Human Rights (5)

    • Education
    • Gender Equality
    • Poverty
    • Social Justice
    • War and Peace