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Climate Change Denial

Secondary

Description

This inquiry-focused activity explores the issue of climate change denial, what lies behind it, the danger it poses and what might be done to combat it. Students will:

  • share personal experiences involving denial and explore the idea of cognitive dissonance.
  • participate in a group activity to examine some of the arguments used to deny the reality and seriousness of anthropogenic climate change.
  • consider reasons why one would hold these views in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
  • interview local residents to sample views on climate change in their neighbourhoods.
  • consider best steps to deal with climate change denial.

General Assessment

What skills does this resource explicitly teach?

  • active listening
  • working cooperatively
  • building consensus

Strengths

  • does an excellent job connecting the issue to the students' own experiences.
  • emphasis is placed on students clarifying and expressing their own values and perspectives
  • concludes with a focus on solutions

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This activity will provide insight into any study of anthropogenic climate change, particularly when discussing solutions.

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change