Geography - Fashion & the Environment
What is the impact of cotton on the environment?
Ask pupils to work in groups and research the following sites to find out how cotton impacts on the environment and cotton workers.
- World Wildlife Fund –Cleaner, Greener Cotton [external link: PDF]
- You tube: Pesticide Action Network – Moral Fibre: Organic Cotton [video:external link]
As a class discuss the impact of cotton farming on the environment. List the major impacts on the environment and health. For more information, show pupils the following clips about the impact of the cotton industry on the Aral Sea area in the 1990s.
- BBC News: Aral Sea – A Toxic Disaster [Real Media video]
- BBC News article: The Aral Sea Tragedy [article]
Ask the class to create a fishbone diagram showing the causes and effects of the Aral Sea ecological disaster.