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How to Teach Sustainability Using Maps on Stroly


3 years ago

With over 9,000 maps shared on Stroly and our original lesson plan, you can create engaging activities to teach kids sustainability at home or in classrooms. Stroly can support kids to work together and boost their learning and participation. Today, I’ll share with you how Stroly can help teach kids about sustainability with maps.

Teacher Resources on Sustainability


If you are looking for teaching resources on sustainability, using our illustrated maps on Stroly can help.

This map below titled “Sustainable fashion in Hanoi”, created by Ellie Shipman features second-hand boutiques and winding markets in Vietnam.

(Sustainable fashion in Hanoi)

Check out this map of Wellington, New Zealand, shared on Stroly. Wellington is often ranked as one of the most liveable and greenest cities in the world. The city is committed to developing a sustainable eco-city. This map demonstrates just a few places you can visit in Wellington to make better choices when you shop and eat. It is also worth visiting the shop’s websites to learn how each business integrates values towards ethical choices. Tap the orange landmark pins to find more about their approaches to sustainability.

(Ethical and Mindful Wellington)

How to Create Maps on Sustainability


An easy way for kids to begin creating a map is one of their cities, similar to the one above of Wellington. You can start the activity by exploring and researching how each community is helping its environment. If going out in a city is not an option, kids can create a map of their schools to show how they contribute to sustainability. They should record their findings, photos and videos of the places they’ve explored that link to sustainability.

The maps that the kids design can discuss topics like:

  • Why is it important for businesses to be sustainable?
  • What are some of the actions the businesses thrive to become more eco-friendly and energy efficient?
  • What actions are you taking to help your environment?

Kids can present the community’s eco-friendly initiatives on their map by choosing a specific industry. For example, they can pick the hospitality industry and highlight cafes that are taking extra measures to be sustainable. Perhaps, cafe locations that serve organic food or use compostable straws and coffee cups.

You can also encourage the kids to inquire further by having them plan an alternative solution or vision that would enhance sustainability in the community. They can propose their plans on a map to inspire behavioural or social change.

Once the map is complete, kids can publish it to Stroly and add interactive features using landmark pins. This is where the photos and videos become useful. Here is more information on how landmark pins work.

For a complete lesson plan on sustainability using maps, you can download our free copy of “Going Green in Your Community” here. We are also preparing for more lesson plans on other important topics like gender inequality and biodiversity, so stay tuned for more updates!

I hope these tips help you plan and prepare amazing lessons for your students and kids!