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Humanities - Climate Change Unit
Transcript of Humanities - Climate Change Unit
& Your Footprint How much does climate change contribute towards natural disasters? How does the climate affect us? Kyoto Protocol Australian Government
Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Clean Energy Future How Carbon Pricing Work? Your Ecological Footprint Students will to measure the outside temperature at a given spot twice a day for the week before /after the lesson. They could also measure rainfall. The power is YOURS! Captain Planet Intro Floods- get the facts Floods Droughts Facts:
Most expensive natural disaster in Aus : averaging $377 million per year over the period 1967-2005.
(Economics) Environmental effects:
Positive impacts: increased fish production, recharge of groundwater resources, & maintenance of recreational environments.
Negative impacts: loss of habitat, increase erosion and transfer of both sediments and nutrients, release of pollutants. Social consequences:
Immediate impacts: loss of life, loss of livestock, destruction of crops, damage to property, and waterborne disease. Long-term impacts: loss of livelihoods, lack of clean water, electricity, transport, communication, education, and health care. 75% of Australia is Arid (under 250mm rainfall p.a) No other deserts in the world experience the capricious climate or the lack of soil nutrients as the Australian deserts (Geography) Useful resources: Australia is the driest inhabital continent (Civics and Citizenship + Economics) Climate change is the consequence of unchecked pollution. When carbon emissions caused by human activity enter the air they have dangerous effects on the environment, the economy, and our wellbeing. But just as humans cause it, we can halt its progress. What is Climate Change? Scientific research indicates that, because of climate change, we may experience more intense and more frequent extreme weather events. Climate change mitigation aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere to slow the rate of climate change. Looking at the BIG picture... ...and picturing what it means for us Exploring what these facts and figures mean, and how do they relate to students everyday lives A sneak peak into the future Planning and Designing 'Newspaper 2032' What would we call our Newspaper? Students organize themselves into groups and research one topic per group
Flora and Fauna
Lifestyle Each students researches one sub area within the groups' subtopic and writes an article using Microsoft Publisher. Sharing our learning-
Groups present their articles to each other.
The newspaper is put together!
(Can we put it in a time capsule?) Who enjoys staying by the beach in summers? Do you realize many of these beach side properties may not exist in the next 30 years. Study the water bills to explore what water restrictions are being enforced. Look at some previous bills that explained water restrictions for watering plants and washing cars. With one of the impact of climate change being droughts and water shortage, what sort of restrictions could be in place in 20 years time? Identifying Australian geographic sites of international importance like the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu wetlands and explore how could climate change impact these. Climate change
Our climate is changing, largely due to the observed increases in human produced carbon pollution. These changes we have seen over the 20th century include increases in global average air and ocean temperature, widespread melting of snow and ice and rising global sea levels. The extra heat in the climate system has other impacts, such as affecting atmospheric and ocean circulation, which influences rainfall and wind patterns. The causes of climate change can be divided into two categories, human and natural causes.
It is now a global concern that the climatic changes occurring today have been speeded up because of man's activities. It has been demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that the climate is changing due to man-made greenhouse gases. We are already committed to future substantial change over the next 30 years and change is likely to accelerate over the rest of the 21st century."
The Met Office, Hadley Centre, UK Weather and Climate:What is the difference? what's the weather like today? weather terminology Students will come to the conclusion that weather is what we experience on a daily basis in a localized area and can quickly change. It is what is happening right now or likely to happen tomorrow or in the very near future. Climate is sometimes referred to as “average” weather for a given area. It refers to a much larger area, over a very long period of time. Be a Meteorologist for the day!The students will be engaged by collecting and graphing data for the last 12 months. calm,cold,clear,cloudy,dark,drizzly,frosty,hot,humid,hazy,icy,mild,sunny, warm,wet,windy... The weather data that the students collect and graph, leads them to the concept of the climate and enables them to describe the differences between the weather and the climate During this class, students learn that the world can be separated into six climate zones and will analyze the climate effects on people living in these regions. The lesson will conclude with a web 2.0 group presentation of these climate zones. Polar - very cold and dry all year
Temperate - cold winters and mmild summers
Arid - dry, hot all year
Tropical - hot and wet all year
Mediterranean - mild winters, dry hot summers
Mountains (tundra) very cold all year Students will use the travel section of newspaper ads to pick several places where the climate would be conductive to their favorite activities and will write a report while some others do not look inviting? why some places are top destinations for holiday? How does our climate affect us? How do wedecide what to wear each day? What factorsdetermine if our clothing choices arecomfortable? What countries you can name with different climates? What is outstanding about those places?