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Next Generation Climate Lesson 5 - In what ways can the repercussions of climate change be minimized?

Will Steger Foundation/Climate Generation

In this multi-part activity, students distinguish between adaptation and mitigation, in response to climate change, and research and discuss/debate strategies to minimize the effects of climate change.

Activity length: Three 50-minute class periods

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About the Content

  • Activity deals with the difference between adaptation and mitigation.
  • Comments from expert scientist:
    Scientific strengths:
    - Difference between mitigation, adaptation and resilience
    I suggest there be an introductory climate change lesson before this lesson (i.,e., what is climate change, what is causing it, what are the impacts, what are the projections)

About the Pedagogy

  • A group activity and discussion immerse students into considering impacts of climate change and ways to adapt to and mitigate the effects of these changes.
  • In the second activity, student use the National Climate Assessment to collect evidence that supports a claim they make about what response is best to mitigate or adapt to effects of climate change.
  • Videos of varying difficulty are provided for different ability groups of students.
  • Limited background materials are provided, so instructors may need to explore the concepts of adaptation and mitigation in more detail if they do not have prior knowledge in this area. Likewise, the limited resources may make this resource more suitable for grades 9-14, unless students and instructor come in with prior knowledge and scaffolding.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Limited resources and background materials are supplied for educators.
  • Activity lesson plan and student sheets provided in pdf form; videos are in a separate section of the website.

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Entered the Collection: June 2018 Last Reviewed: April 2017

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