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Getting the Picture

Our Changing Climate

Secondary, Middle

Description

This multimedia tool provides a comprehensive examination of climate change. Through interactive text, graphics and award-winning videos students will learn what climate change is, why it is happening and how it is impacting the earth. Links to background and supplemental information are included throughout the compilation. The resource is designed to allow students to work through the material on their own. Topics covered include:

• What is climate change (weather vs climate, carbon dioxide, degrees of change)

• Why is the earth warming (carbon cycle, greenhouse emissions, greenhouse effect)

• Seeing climate change (evidence in the cryosphere)

• Changes in the atmosphere (carbon cycle, carbon dioxide, fossil fuels & humans)

• Changes in the hydrosphere (water cycle, sea ice, seal levels, tipping points)

• Changes in the biosphere (seasonal change, habitat loss, adaptation, migration, extinction)

• The Anthropocene (extreme weather & climate related events, sea level rise, changes in air and water quality)

The resource takes care to conclude on an optimistic note. Students are encouraged take personal responsibility and act on what they have learned. A number of areas for action on climate change are suggested.

 

General Assessment

Strengths

  • The resource provides information on a number of earth and life science topics in an interesting and engaging format.
  • The video and graphic components are of especially high quality.
  • While adequately addressing the many concerning impacts of climate change, its message is empowering and optimistic.
  • The resource is up-to-date and provides a good quantity of supplemental and supporting information.

Weaknesses

  • The resource provides information only.  Activities other than reading and viewing are not included.

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This resource provides a comprehensive examination of climate change using an on-line, interactive format.  Students can  complete the entire compilation as an independent study into climate change or individual sections and chapters could be assigned / included in combination with a more activity-based approach.

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Themes Addressed

  • Air, Atmosphere & Climate (1)

    • Climate Change
  • Citizenship (1)

    • Sustainable Consumption
  • Ecosystems (4)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity
    • Endangered Species
    • Habitat Loss
  • Energy (2)

    • Alternative Energy
    • Energy Use
  • Water (1)

    • Water Cycle