King's Centre for Visualization in Science
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About Teaching Climate Literacy
7.6 Vulnerable populations.
5.1 Energy decisions are made at many levels.
6.5 Social and technological innovation.
6.6 Behavior and design.
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- Lesson has two powerful applets - carbon footprint and stabilization wedges - that greatly enhance the learning experience. Educator should become familiar with them prior to implementation and also review the equations and calculations as a prerequisite to starting lesson.
- See the other eight lessons in this module at http://www.explainingclimatechange.ca/Climate%20Change/Lessons/lessons.html
- See Stabilization Wedges Game in the CLEAN collection http://cleanet.org/resources/41709.html
- Educator could show students current changes in energy produced by photovoltaic solar technology http://www.earth-policy.org/indicators/C47/solar_power_2013, as it nearly doubled from 2010 to 2012.
About the Science
- The opening carbon footprint learning tool allows users to change CO2 emission around the world. Users are then able to run a model to visually examine how these CO2 emissions impact carbon levels in the ocean, the atmosphere, the biosphere, and the soil.
- In the carbon stabilization wedge learning tool, users are able to visualize how altering lifestyles and increasing alternative energy sources can reduce emissions.
- No sources are provided for the data used to develop these learning tools.
- Comments from expert scientist: It is a very good outline of the role of carbon-dioxide in the climate system, and organizes ways to mitigate the carbon footprint. I liked the CO2 footprint and Carbon stabilization learning tools in general, as they provide a hands-on approach to the issues involved.
About the Pedagogy
- This resource does a great job at encouraging students that there are solutions to help mitigate the effects of climate change and to reduce GHG emissions.
- Questions posed throughout the lesson encourage students to think critically about potential solutions and difficulties in implementing those solutions.
- Two learning tools or applets - carbon footprint and stabilization wedges - engage students in how their choices impact the climate system.
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