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The internet and other media offer an over abundance of information and opinions about climate change. The challenge is to ensure our youth are provided with authentic evidence that supports informed decision making. This book introduces young people to credible climate research being conducted by scientists around the globe. The emphasis on successful grassroots initiatives that have influenced research and policy also provides a positive perspective on the importance of citizen science in protecting the environment. A separate teachers guide offers great lesson plans that support science outcomes and the book's extensive resource list provides ideas for action projects that teach students how to take charge of their own climate footprint.
This book could be used as the basis of an inquiry-based science project in which students examine the potential local impacts of global warming with activities such as analyzing weather data or exploring species changes within ecosystems.
The examples of citizen involvement in research science described in the book could form the basis of a partnership between a class and a local university. Students would work with mentors to collect and analyze data that supports conservation initiatives.
The climate change theme could also be used to develop student-led initiatives that deliver community action projects such as promoting active transportation, organizing a "buy local" campaign or hosting workshops on energy reduction.
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