Responding to Climate Change

Lesson Plans for Responding to Climate Change



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 understanidng 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.


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.


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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