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Climate Wisconsin Adaptation-Mitigation
http://climatewisconsin.org/story/adaptation-mitigation

Finn Ryan, Threehouse Media, Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

This short, animated video describes what is meant by climate, its characteristics, and the range of impacts due to climate change. The difference between mitigation and adaptation is also discussed.

Video length 2:38 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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Energy Literacy

Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.
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7.3 Environmental quality.
Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors.
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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
Fossil and bio fuels are organic matter that contain energy captured from sunlight.
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4.3 Fossil and bio fuels contain energy captured from sunlight.
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Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.
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6.2 Conserving energy.
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Human use of energy.

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Decisions to slow the depletion of energy resources can be made at many levels, from personal to national, and they always involve trade-offs involving economic costs and social values.
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Teaching Tips | Science | Pedagogy | Technical Details

Teaching Tips

  • Good teaching tips available on website.

About the Science

  • Video contrasts short-term adaptation strategies (e.g., infrastructure changes, different tree and plant selections, heat emergency plans) with long-term mitigation strategies that reduce energy consumption and hence carbon dioxide emissions on individual to global scales. Its points are made quickly and clearly.
  • Globe 'rotates' wrong way in animation.
  • Comments from expert scientist: There are a number of tips for teaching techniques which would be particularly useful for K12 educators, and in fact the Wisconsin Academic Model Standards for Science are linked at the bottom of the page. The top of the page has an engaging animation on climate adaptation which is just under three minutes long.

About the Pedagogy

  • The very engaging cartoon format of this video makes it very approachable for younger viewers.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • The webpage includes both a background essay and a number of teaching tips.
  • Produced by Climate Wisconsin but is a good resource for anyone.

Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEAN

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