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Youth Xchange: Climate Change and Lifestyles Guidebook
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Youth Xchange: Climate Change and Lifestyles Guidebook

The world’s youth will have a significant role to play if we ... (more)

The world’s youth will have a significant role to play if we are to bring about the widespread behavioural change needed to shift towards more sustainable lifestyles and consumption habits. It is important for young people to understand that behind over-consumption lies increased exploitation of resources, rising poverty, widening inequalities and persistent conflicts, all of which will worsen with climate change and eventually will minimize their opportunities for a better and sustainable future. The poorest of the poor, those who cannot consume enough to meet their basic needs, are the worst hit by climate change. Most of these are young people under 24, who make up nearly half of the world’s population, with most living in developing countries. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Readings
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Provider:
UNESCO
Provider Set:
United Nations
Vulnerability to Environmental Change
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Vulnerability to Environmental Change

This 4 week module on vulnerability to environmental change is part of ... (more)

This 4 week module on vulnerability to environmental change is part of a third-year course called Sustainability and the Environment (EGS 3021F) in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Science. The course introduces the concept of vulnerability and explores its origin drawing on three different conceptual approaches,namely: risk/hazard, political/economy/ecology, and ecological resilience. It then looks at different methods for undertaking vulnerability assessments. Building on the theory and method sections, it focuses on why the concept of vulnerability is important in the field of environmental change, with a focus on climate change. The international process of assessing the science is explored, followed by material addressing adaptation to climate change and examples of vulnerability and adaptation in practice in South Africa. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
University of Capetown
Provider Set:
University of Capetown
Author:
Ziervogel, Gina
Climate Change Impacts
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Climate Change Impacts

This Climate Change Impacts Collection provides the teacher and their students the ... (more)

This Climate Change Impacts Collection provides the teacher and their students the opportunity to explore some of the environmental changes already observed, from the Arctic to tropical regions. Data sources provide historic precipitation and temperature records, allowing students to compare changes in their own local area to others. Lessons included, provide opportunities for place-based instruction related to climate change, others provided a more global perspective. The background resources provided in this collection tend to be for the teacher and/or the advanced student. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Audio Lectures
Homework and Assignments
Simulations
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Video Lectures
Provider:
NOAA
Provider Set:
NOAA
Author:
NOAA
The United Kingdom Environmental Change Network: Climate Change
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The United Kingdom Environmental Change Network: Climate Change

This resource briefly discusses the facts about climate change, and what effects ... (more)

This resource briefly discusses the facts about climate change, and what effects a change in climate will have on humans. This includes a look at how the climate has already changed in recent times, and changes that will occur such as a rise in sea level, changes in vegetation, increases in disease, and changes in ecosystems. There is also a section discussing what can be done to stop this process. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Reference
Simulations
Provider:
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
Provider Set:
DLESE Community Collection
AAAS - Global Climate Change Video
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AAAS - Global Climate Change Video

This video features residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, plus environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert ... (more)

This video features residents of Shishmaref, Alaska, plus environmental journalist Elizabeth Kolbert and scientist John Holdren, exploring the human impacts of global climate change. The roles of teachers, scientists, policymakers, and concerned citizens in mitigating the changes are highlighted. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Video Lectures
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
AAAS
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula
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Climate Change on the Antarctic Peninsula

In this activity about climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula, learners investigate ... (more)

In this activity about climate change on the Antarctic Peninsula, learners investigate environmental changes in the living and nonliving resources of Antarctic peninsula and the impact of these changes on Adelie penguin communities. The activity stresses the importance of evidence in the formulation of scientific explanations. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Juanita Constible
Luke Sandro
M.U. Ohio and Seen in The NSTA Science Teacher magazine
Richard E. Lee Jr.
Resources and Human Impact
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Resources and Human Impact

Overview: The Resources and Human Impact SciPack explores the role society plays ... (more)

Overview: The Resources and Human Impact SciPack explores the role society plays in environmental degradation, and the technological solutions, including resource management, that arises from environmental issues. Human beings modify all components of Earth's ecosystems as they use and consume available resources. The amount and rate of consumption is affected by the population growth and access to technology. This SciPack is focused on Standards and Benchmarks related to interactions in and between ecosystem; population growth and carrying capacity; resource use; and environmental degradation and changes to Earth's systems.In addition to comprehensive inquiry-based learning materials tied to Science Education Standards and Benchmarks, the SciPack includes the following additional components: Pedagogical Implications section addressing common misconceptions, teaching resources and strand maps linking grade band appropriate content to standards. Access to one-on-one support via e-mail to content "Wizards". Final Assessment which can be used to certify mastery of the concepts. Learning Outcomes: Resources and Human Impact: Earth as a System Identify examples of biotic and abiotic interactions within a system. Define carrying capacity. Identify how biotic and abiotic factors limit the carrying capacity of a system. Identify how elements of the environment influence carrying capacity (energy, water, food, minerals). Identify the resources that the human population needs for survival (air, water, food, etc.) Identify which scenario (when given several) is NOT an example of a systematic interaction (feedback loop). Resources and Human Impact: Population Growth, Technology, and the Environment Identify, compare, and contrast principles of population growth in humans and other organisms. Explain the limiting factors on the exponential growth of a population (for example: disease, competition for resources). Analyze how technology (antibiotics, harvesting food) has impacted human population growth in an ecosystem (for example: agriculture, aquaculture). Resources and Human Impact: Environmental Degradation Compare and contrast ways in which different technologies have impacted the environmental system. Differentiate between examples of renewable resources and non-renewable (finite) resources. Analyze how the extraction of each type of energy negatively impacts the environment. Summarize how the burning of fossil fuels is affecting the environment. Assess both local and global environmental impacts when given examples of human resource use. Identify ways in which one human-based environmental change can have a domino-effect on the rest of the ecosystem (when given a scenario). Resources and Human Impact: Using Technology to Address Resource Use Issues Identify the social, political, and economic factors that have affected the development and implementation of technological advances. Identify a technological solution to manage the human impact(s) of a given problem, such as surface mining on the ecosystem. Identify potential risks of implementing a technological solution to manage the human impact(s) upon the ecosystem (for example: unintended outcomes). (less)

Subject:
Geoscience
Life Science
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Provider Set:
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Learning Center
Author:
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Population and Development
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Population and Development

This module on population and development is part of the World Bank ... (more)

This module on population and development is part of the World Bank Group's educational site that addresses sustainable development in the world. An introduction, objectives, activities, and references are provided. Educators can use the activities to help students understand population growth rates. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
UNESCO
Provider Set:
United Nations
Author:
John Fien
Global Climate Change: Evidence and Causes
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Global Climate Change: Evidence and Causes

This "clicker case" begins by assessing students' impressions of global climate change ... (more)

This "clicker case" begins by assessing students' impressions of global climate change and the role that human activities play in recent global warming trends. Students assume the role of an intern working for a U.S. senator. They need to understand the scientific evidence for human impact on climate change so that they can advise the senator on future policy decisions. The case was designed for use in a one-semester introductory biology course taken primarily by freshmen and sophomores to fulfill a general education requirement, but could be used in any introductory biology course or in an ecology or environmental science course. It consists of a PowerPoint presentation (~1.6MB) presented in class that is punctuated by multiple-choice questions students respond to using personal response systems ("clickers"). The case can be adapted for use without these technologies. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Case Study
Instructional Material
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider Set:
Case Study Collection
Author:
G. Winfield Fairchild
Maureen Knabb
Timothy M. Lutz
Exploring Regional Differences in Climate Change
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Exploring Regional Differences in Climate Change

This teaching activity addresses regional variability as predicted in climate change models ... (more)

This teaching activity addresses regional variability as predicted in climate change models for the next century. Using real climatological data from climate models, students will obtain annual predictions for minimum temperature, maximum temperature, precipitation, and solar radiation for Minnesota and California to explore this regional variability. Students import the data into a spreadsheet application and analyze it to interpret regional differences. Finally, students download data for their state and compare them with other states to answer a series of questions about regional differences in climate change. (less)

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Mathematics
Chemistry
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Case Study
Data
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Interactive
Reference
Unit of Study
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
NASA
Science Education Resource Center (SERC)
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
NASA Wavelength
Earth Exploration Toolbook: Step-by-Step Guides for Investigating Earth System Data
NASA Earth and Space Science Reviewed Collection
Author:
Denise Blaha
Earth Exploration Toolbook from TERC
Rita Freuder
Climate Change and Water
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Climate Change and Water

Climate Change and Water - Perspectives from the Forest Service is a ... (more)

Climate Change and Water - Perspectives from the Forest Service is a summary of a forthcoming report by the Forest Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture which will detail the likely impacts of climate change on the Nation's forested watersheds and highlight the importance of managing forests to provide clean, abundant water. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Other
Provider:
U.S. Forest Service
Provider Set:
U.S. Forest Service
Climate Change and Disease
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Climate Change and Disease

In this activity, students research the relationship between hosts, parasites, and vectors ... (more)

In this activity, students research the relationship between hosts, parasites, and vectors for common vector-borne diseases (VBDs) and evaluate how climate change could affect the spread of disease. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Climate Change and Ecosystems
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Climate Change and Ecosystems

In this activity students research the inter-dependencies among plants and animals in ... (more)

In this activity students research the inter-dependencies among plants and animals in an ecosystem and explore how climate change might affect those inter-dependencies and the ecosystem as a whole. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Ology: Climate Change
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Ology: Climate Change

This Ology website for kids focuses on Climate Change. It includes activities, ... (more)

This Ology website for kids focuses on Climate Change. It includes activities, things to make, quizzes, interviews with working scientists, and more to help kids learn about Climate Change. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Images and Illustrations
Provider:
American Museum of Natural History
Provider Set:
American Museum of Natural History
Climate Change Game
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Climate Change Game

Through this game show activity from Climate Change North in Canada, students ... (more)

Through this game show activity from Climate Change North in Canada, students explore the issue of climate change and its impacts. As a motivational introduction or culminating activity, this game provides an opportunity to stimulate the interest and activate prior knowledge that students may have about climate change. (less)

Subject:
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Responding to Climate Change
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Responding to Climate Change

This is the ninth and final lesson in a series of lessons ... (more)

This is the ninth and final lesson in a series of lessons about climate change. This lesson focuses on the various activities that humans can do to mitigate the effects of climate change. This includes information on current and predicted CO2 emission scenarios across the globe, alternative energy sources, and how people are currently responding to climate change. Importantly, this lesson is motivating in showing students that they can make a difference. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
King's Centre for Visualization in Science
Climate Change and Disease
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Climate Change and Disease

In this activity, students research the relationship between hosts, parasites, and vectors ... (more)

In this activity, students research the relationship between hosts, parasites, and vectors for common vector-borne diseases (VBDs) and evaluate how climate change could affect the spread of disease. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
Union of Concerned Scientists
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
Climate Change and Ecosystems
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Climate Change and Ecosystems

In this activity students research the inter-dependencies among plants and animals in ... (more)

In this activity students research the inter-dependencies among plants and animals in an ecosystem and explore how climate change might affect those inter-dependencies and the ecosystem as a whole. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Provider Set:
CLEAN: Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network
Author:
World Wildlife Fund
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