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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board., Teachers Domain

Cartoon animation focusing on adapting to climate change, specifically in Wisconsin, by helping the community prepare for changes that are already impacting the region.

Video length: 2:34 min.

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Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

Humans can adapt to climate change by reducing their vulnerability to its impacts. Actions such as moving to higher ground to avoid rising sea levels, planting new crops that will thrive under new climate conditions, or using new building technologies represent adaptation strategies. Adaptation often requires financial investment in new or enhanced research, technology, and infrastructure.
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Actions taken by individuals, communities, states, and countries all influence climate. Practices and policies followed in homes, schools, businesses, and governments can affect climate. Climate-related decisions made by one generation can provide opportunities as well as limit the range of possibilities open to the next generation. Steps toward reducing the impact of climate change may influence the present generation by providing other benefits such as improved public health infrastructure and sustainable built environments.
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ans can take actions to reduce climate change and its impacts.
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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
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Energy affects quality of life .
Human demand for energy is increasing.
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6.3 Demand for energy is increasing.
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Human use of energy.
The effects of changes in Earth's energy system are often not immediately apparent.
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Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
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Teaching Tips

  • While regionally focused, the video can help set the stage of discussing adaptation to climate change, which is often a topic avoided in climate discussions.
  • Discuss with students the difference between adaptation and mitigation and ask for examples of each.

About the Science

  • Wisconsin-specific impacts of climate change are outlined, but the general points about adapting and preparing for change are available elsewhere.
  • Adaptation and mitigation strategies are presented in this short cartoon animation.
  • Comments from expert scientist: This video is well done. The imagery is attractive and interesting, while the narration is clear and direct. Examples are well placed and strengthen the presentation. Adaptation and mitigation are commonly overlooked aspects of climate change. This video does an excellent job explaining the important role of these strategies, allowing students to realize their personal role in future climate change. The video portrays both adaptation and mitigation strategies as something that can be decided upon and implemented quickly and cheaply. This is not the case.

About the Pedagogy

  • Background essay and teaching tips are provided.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Easy to download or view online.
  • Low-resolution, so may be difficult to project in a classroom.

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