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Responding to Climate Change

King's Centre for Visualization in Science

This is the ninth and final lesson in a series of lessons about climate change. This lesson focuses on the various activities that humans can do to mitigate the effects of climate change. This includes information on current and predicted CO2 emission scenarios across the globe, alternative energy sources, and how people are currently responding to climate change. Importantly, this lesson is motivating in showing students that they can make a difference.

Activity takes about two 50-minute class periods.

Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»

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High School: 3 Performance Expectations, 6 Disciplinary Core Ideas, 9 Cross Cutting Concepts, 5 Science and Engineering Practices

Climate Literacy
About Teaching Climate Literacy

About Teaching the Guiding Principle
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Energy Literacy

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7.6 Vulnerable populations.
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5.1 Energy decisions are made at many levels.
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6.5 Social and technological innovation.
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6.6 Behavior and design.

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Teaching Tips

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.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Teachers work alongside students throughout lesson.
  • No separate guide for educators.
  • All the applets run smoothly and greatly enhance the final levels of understanding for students.

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