Adapting to climate change
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- This video would be good as an introduction to a design process or engineering PBL, especially focusing on the adaptations needed in order to remain economically viable in a given region.
About the Science
- Video addresses Bangladesh's vulnerability to climate change, especially flooding, cyclones, and drought, and how communities are adapting.
- Comments from expert scientist:
Excellent video showcasing that even though we don't all feel the effects of climate change in the US, there are countries around the world who are truly affected on a day to day basis - challenging their survival.
- Explains geographically, how Bangladesh is susceptible to flooding
- Describes Bangladesh's adaptations of: aquaculture (switching to farming crabs with salt water), drinking water (installing desalination plants and rainwater harvesting systems), and agriculture (growing pumpkins because they are more resilient then other crops)
- Explains that climate change adaptation is possible, but is very difficult with the rate at which climate change is occurring
About the Pedagogy
- Video describes specific strategies to adapt to changing environmental conditions and shows the human side of this aspect of climate change by centering on Bangladesh -- a poor, coastal country that is especially vulnerable to impacts of climate change.
- Helpful to show social and economic adaptation strategies in response to climate changes.
- Could be used as an ethics lesson since some of the people are purposely flooding the land with saltwater so they can raise more shrimp but, in the process, are further impairing the groundwater.
- Shows that climate impacts are happening now and are everywhere, not just in polar regions.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Visual quality good, even in full-screen mode.
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