Global Climate, Vulnerability and Resilience

Lesson Plans for Global Climate, Vulnerability and Resilience

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1. Causes of Global Climate Change

The atmospheric system, including the natural greenhouse effect and energy balance (incoming shortwave radiation and outgoing longwave radiation)

Changes in the global energy balance, and the role of feedback loops, resulting from:

  • solar radiation variations, including global dimming due to volcanic eruptions
  • terrestrial albedo changes and feedback loops
  • methane gas release and feedback loops

Synthesis, evaluation and skills opportunities

The complexity of the dynamic climate system and the spatial interactions of different processes and feedback mechanisms

The Atmospheric System and Climate Variation

This pages provides resources exploring both the atmospheric system and the long and short term factors influencing climate variation. Resources examine the nature of the atmospheric budget and introduce key concepts, such as radiation, greenhouse effect and albedo. Students examine the relationship of climate with carbon and develop a critical awareness of the long term natural factors that lead to climate variation as well the complex patterns of different feedback loops that result from changes to terrestrial land use and loss of ice and permafrost.

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The enhanced greenhouse effect and international variations in greenhouse gas sources and emissions, in relation to economic development, globalization and trade

The Enhanced Greenhouse Effect

This page introduces the Enhanced Greenhouse Effect and anthropogenic causes of climate change. It uses a number of focused videos and worksheets activities to allow students to explore the key concepts. It then develops a student investigation and report based on the visually stunning carbon map resource.

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2. Consequences of Global Climate Change

Climate change and the hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere, including:

  • water stored in ice and oceans, and changing sea levels
  • carbon stored in ice, oceans and the biosphere
  • incidence and severity of extreme weather events, including drought
  • spatial changes in biomes, habitats and animal migration patterns
  • changes to agriculture, including crop yields, limits of cultivation, soil erosion

Synthesis, evaluation and skills opportunities

The uneven spatial distribution of effects and uncertainty about their timing, scale and impacts for individuals and societies

The Impacts of Climate Change

This page provides a huge range skill-based activities and well chosen videos to explore the global and regional patterns of climate change impacts both in the last 100 years and projected into the future. Students explore the global pattern and identify regions most affected by global warming, through a number of interactive resources produced by media services such as the BBC as well research organisation like NASA and the IPCC. The page is full of  accompanying work sheets. In total there 16 class and assessment activities to choose from, which could be delivered in their entirety or selected as you choose as part of a series of lessons.

Impacts of climate change on people and places, including health hazards, migration and ocean transport routes

Synthesis, evaluation and skills opportunities

The uneven spatial distribution of effects and uncertainty about their timing, scale and impacts for individuals and societies

The Impacts of Climate Change on People and Places

This page provides a number of resources that enable students to investigate the impacts of climate change on people and places at a number of different scales. It begins with a recap-syntheses activity that reinforces existing student knowledge. It then develops student knowledge based around a focused framework for student noting for a video library based on three regions of Asia, Africa and North America. This page provides a number of resources that enable students to investigate the impacts of climate change on people and places at a number of different scales. It begins with a recap-syntheses activity that reinforces existing student knowledge. It then develops student knowledge based around a focused framework for student noting for a video library based on three regions of Asia, Africa and North America.

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3. Responding to Global Climate Change

Disparities in exposure to climate change risk and vulnerability, including variations in people’s location, wealth, social differences (age, gender, education), risk perception

  • Detailed examples of two or more societies with contrasting vulnerability

Exposure and Vulnerability

The following page develops students' understanding of vulnerability to climate change and resilience to cope with its threats. It uses the Pressure Release Model as a theoretical context for examining the progression of vulnerability as well as strategy framework for increasing a region's resilience threshold. The lesson begins with a number of starter activities based on photograph and maps to develop place and scale insights. The lesson then develops understanding through well chosen videos from the IPCC and Climate Literacy. The lesson goes on to an independent investigation and presentation based on the the level of vulnerability in two contrasting regions.

Climate Change Vulnerability Detailed Examples

This page provides detailed case studies of different societies with contrasting levels of vulnerability to climate change. It provides material for students to explore as part of their own investigation into a research task and deals with disparities of exposure to risk based on the people's location, wealth and social differences and how this informs perceptions of risk.

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Government-led adaptation and mitigation strategies for global climate change:

  • global geopolitical efforts, recognizing that the source/s of greenhouse gas emissions may be spatially distant from the countries most impacted
  • carbon emissions offsetting and trading
  • technology, including geo-engineering

Synthesis, evaluation and skills opportunities

Why perspectives and viewpoints may be different about the need for, practicality and urgency of action on global climate change

Adaptation and Mitigation - Global Geopolitical Efforts

This page provides resources that introduce the history of UN climate change conferences in its efforts to lead policy making to combat climate change. It introduces the concepts of mitigation and adaptation before looking at a timeline of climate change conferences and exploring the complexity and challenges of the conferences through a number of infographics and videos. The lesson then develops a flash student debate based on an optimistic and realistic viewpoint. It then goes to include the international reaction to President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.

Carbon Emissions - Offsetting and Trading

This page provided in depth resources including infographics videos and government agency PDF fact sheets on a government led projects related to emission mitigation. Examples include, carbon offsetting, carbon storage, caps and trading schemes. Detailed examples such as The EU ETS and the UN REDD Programme a resourced fully. The site also develops resourced and statements from the Dutch NGO FERN, which was established to keep track of the EU's work on forests.

Technology and Geo-Engineering

This page provides an introduction to the role of technology in mitigation and adaptation. It begins with a structured mind mapping activity before going on to look at some specific emerging technologies including, Bio Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage as well as ERP technology in nuclear fission through a video library and noting activity. There are a number of interactive resources then on the emerging and controversial geoengineering technologies. A key word match up/glossary as well informative and structured videos and worksheets. The lesson concludes with students considering the varied geopolitical challenges of climate change, from the source of emissions to geoengineering itself.

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Civil society and corporate strategies to address global climate change

  • Case study of the response to climate change in one country focusing on the actions of non-governmental stakeholders

The Role of Civil Society

This page examines the role of civil society and other non governmental stakeholders in responding to the threats of climate change. It first introduces civil society groups and their growing role in advocacy, before briefly looking at the role of corporations in regard to sustainable business strategies, innovation and advocacy. It then goes on to develop a number of grass root NGO projects based in Bangladesh as a case study of civil society groups and how they are involved in creating sustainable livelihoods and resilient communities as an adaptive measure to the threats of climate change.

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