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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ecb10.sci.ess.watcyc.adaptation/

Wisconsin Educational Communications Board, Teachers' Domain

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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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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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