Chapter One

Systems Change

Research matters. What does good research look like? Why is good research necessary if we're to be good stewards?

Part One

👩🏻‍🏫 Lesson Media – Introduction to Research

Introduction to Research

Why is good research important? Do you need to do good research to tell a story?

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Ian Brown

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Reflection Activity

Select ONE of the options below to complete after watching the Theme Media.

  • Option One: Write down 3 questions you have about the media and try to come up with the answers by doing some research.
  • Option Two: Complete a sketch that demonstrates one of the messages from the media.
  • Option Three: Select a concept from the media you are not very familiar with, do some research and then describe what it means to a peer, using examples.

Further Exploration

Part Two

The following activities will help introduce you to the concepts throughout the chapter. Your teacher will direct you to the activities to complete below.

Truth vs Lie

What do you already know? Try to trick your classmates in a friendly game of two truths and a lie.

Know the Terms

What terms and concepts will you uncover in this unit? Learn and practice, and practice again!


The classic game, with a twist. Apply what you have learned so far and compete to win!


Have a conversation with your classmates to help each other understand the unit. *Manditory

From the Sorted Library

Additional Resources

Part Three

How does doing good research relate to you?

Systems change is defined as change that addresses the root causes of social problems. The process is designed to reshape the structures that cause the system to behave in a certain way. Confused? We’re going to break it down, starting with this podcast. 

There have been 23 Canadian prime ministers, but only one was born in BC and only one was a woman. That, of course, is the Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell. In this podcast, we will hear her thoughts on system change and why it’s so important for YOU to be involved.

This podcast is featured across all 5 subjects here on Nature Labs. We’re going to show you throughout this unit how each subject links to one another. You might not like art, or science, or English, or social studies – but hey – they are all related. Let’s find out how!

  • Do you agree that our democracy is fragile?
  • If it is, how can we contribute to its health?
  • Is it good enough to vote, and understand the issues from all sides when doing so?
  • Is the bar, as Ms. Campbell said, that low? Or do we need to do more? Do we need to involve ourselves with political parties and be part of a party’s policy and candidate selections?
  • Are too few of us giving up important decisions to too few?
  • Do we need to consider running for office, or is it fair to say that politics – and party politics specifically – isn’t for everyone?
  • Is proposing and advocating for good policy the best help we can provide our democracy, our level of debate? And if it is, what idea will you propose?

Theme Media

🧍🏽🧍🏿‍♀️/👩🏾‍💻 WATCH: Select the ONE theme you’d like to learn though. You don’t need to explore them all, just choose the one that interests you the most. The theme you choose will help guide you through the entire unit as you explore one of the following concepts: Economics, Resources, Ethics, Stewardship or Land-Use. Your teacher will decide if you are working on your own or in groups.

Theme 1: Economics

Save the economy to save nature or save nature to save the economy?

Theme Three: Ethics

Should individuals matter in conservation?

Theme 2: Resources

Endangered Species: A question of resources.

Theme Four: Stewardship

Are we killing nature with kindness?

Theme 5: Land-Use

Land Use: Does Nature Need Half?

Unit completion


Chapter One

Introduction to Research

Chapter Five


Chapter Nine


Chapter Two


Chapter Six


Chapter Ten

Failure and Refining

Chapter Three

Gaps in Knowledge

Chapter Seven

Critical Thinking

Chapter Eleven

This Unit and Your Future

Chapter Four


Chapter Eight

Communication and Consultation

Chapter Twelve

The Pitch