Used to show how our choices as consumers (and therefore the initial choices of
designers and producers) can impact on the lives of other people now and in the
future. It should also help students to see how choices have economic and social
When to use the activity
When you are trying to help students understand that their decisions have
implications for others.
Who is the activity for?
This activity is suitable for any size group. However, with very small groups, ask students to take it in
turns to read out different statements until all have been covered. It is
probably better for use at A2 level where students have greater understanding of
issues, but could be used as an introductory activity for AS as well.
Sustainability issues considered
Teachers can choose statements to bring out different aspects of sustainability,
though the statements included are mostly related to environmental issues.
As with all introductory activities, this is most relevant to AS – F1 and 2; A2
– F1, 2 and 3.
and hints on how to use it
• Have a series of statements prepared which illustrate the impact on the planet
of current lifestyles. These are put in envelopes and distributed Click
here for suggested statements
• When asked, each participant reads out the statement and makes an immediate
response to it.
• Discuss why we need to consider sustainability issues in D&T. Ensure that a
link is made between issues such as climate change, deforestation, overuse of
resources and our decisions as designers/consumers.
The Bigger Picture Statements